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October 11, 1995
LMC Star Clouds
Pictured above are clouds of young stars forming an arc in the nearby
Magellanic Cloud, the nearest galaxy to the our
Milky Way Galaxy. These
stars are situated in a star forming region known as N 51. The
so young they shine mostly in blue and
ultraviolet light, and so massive
their lifetimes are only millions of years - much shorter than the
billions of years of lower mass stars like our
Sun. This picture was taken
in ultraviolet light by NASA's Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope in March 1995.
The reason the arc has the observed shape is currently unknown.
Tomorrow's picture: HH-47 Star Jet
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