The Tarantula Nebula -
-The Tarantula Nebula is more than a thousand light-years in diameter, a giant star forming region within nearby satellite galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud, about 180 thousand light-years away. The largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies, the cosmic arachnid sprawls across this spectacular view composed with narrowband data centered on emission from ionized hydrogen and oxygen atoms. Within the Tarantula (NGC 2070), intense radiation, stellar winds and supernova shocks from the central young cluster of massive stars, cataloged as R136, energize the nebular glow and shape the spidery filaments. Around the Tarantula are other star forming regions with young star clusters, filaments, and blown-out bubble-shaped clouds. In fact, the frame includes the site of the closest supernova in modern times, SN 1987A, right of center. The rich field of view spans about 1 degree or 2 full moons, in the southern constellation Dorado. But were the Tarantula Nebula closer, say 1,500 light-years distant like the local star forming Orion Nebula, it would take up half the sky.
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This beautiful photo was taken by the Juno probe.
Juno, which was launched in 2011, has captured stunning photos of the Jupiter’s clouds formations and storms.
The recent image shows a Jupiterian atmospheric cyclone, which was forming into these elegant wave patterns.
Juno has sent back data on events that occur below the stormy atmosphere of Jupiter. Strong vortices fixed in Jupiter’s atmosphere appear to penetrate the interior of the planet and cause changes in the planet’s gravitational field. Researchers revealed that Jupiter’s gravitational field presents asymmetries on the North-South direction. Scientists have also noticed that Jupiter’s core is rotating as a solid body.
NASA Juno probe has settled in Jupiter’s orbit two years ago, in 2016. The probe is set to end its mission in July 2018, by plunging through the atmosphere to send one last important dataset to NASA engineers. NASA officials may extend the Juno’s mission if the space agency’s budget will allow it tho.