The Henize 70 Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud
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The Henize 70 Nebula (N70, DEM310) in the Large Magellanic Cloud, henize-70.jpg
Top left is NE. Image width is about 36 arc min
Image and text © 2000-2010, Australian Astronomical Observatory, photograph by David Malin.

At the centre of this nebula is a small group of extremely hot stars which have stellar winds blowing from their surfaces with velocities that approach 4000 kilometers per second. These outward flowing streams of energetic particles eventually interact with an almost stationary interstellar medium, releasing much of their energy as a thin spherical shell of luminous material. The hollow structure accounts for the shape we see in the sky. A more detailed image is also available

This nebula is almost 400 light years across, about 100 times the distance from the Sun to the nearest star, and is in the Large Magellanic Cloud(LMC), the closest galaxy to the Milky Way. Almost all the miriads of stars and star clusters seen here belong to the LMC, and all are stars much brighter than the Sun which would not be seen from this distance. Henize 70 can also be be seen in a wider context to the left of our image of the star clouds north of the LMC

Related Images
AAT 33.    The Henize 70 nebula in the LMC
UKS 14.   The Large Magellanic Cloud
UKS 14a. The eastern end of the Large Magellanic Cloud
UKS 16.   Star clouds north of the Large Magellanic Cloud
Constellation of Dorado (external site)

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Updated by David Malin, 2010, August 1