Saturday, 7 January 2017

LMC: The Tarantula Nebula and its clusters

A first 'shot' at this most complex of all nebulae: it showed wonderful detail despite 8 day Moon. The Lucke-Hodge Catalogue numbers are used for two of its clusters _ and the NGC has three numbers for the major nebulae components. When a darker night offers, I hope to develop the fainter detail of the vast extensions. The bright star in LH100 is 30 Dor. The 'little' cluster TM5 is 'anonymous': I guess not catalogued. Who is TM? The brighter bits drawn here are about 800ly across. Fainter outliers extend the whole to almost 2000ly diameter. Hubble views 30Dor and environs! -