Superbubble Awes Astronomers

A Surprising Superbubble
“The star forming region LHA 120-N44 (pictured) is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC, one of the small satellite galaxies to the Milky Way), about 157,000 light-years away.

This image shows X-ray data (blue), infrared signals (red) and visible-light (yellow) in order to understand more of the physical processes that are under way in the cloud.

In the very centre of this regions lies NGC 1929, a star cluster. Its massive stars produce huge amounts of radiation, which causes a strong stellar wind through the whole region. Massive stars also die young, and as the stars undergo supernovae, the associated winds and shocks carve out huge cavities in the surrounding gas – called superbubbles.”

-CJ

Credit: Optical: ESO, X-ray: NASA/CXC/U.Mich./S.Oey, IR: NASA/JPL

Further Reading:
http://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1236a/
http://www.astrophotolab.com/pr/n1125es.htm
http://annesastronomynews.com/annes-picture-of-the-day-emission-nebula-lha-120-n-44/

via [The Universe]

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