Ring of Nebulae Nebulae in the Milky Way

Ring of Nebulae Nebulae in the Milky Way

How was this huge nebula so unusual? This, which is one of the largest nebulae detected so far, is actually a complex ring of emission nebulae connected by bright filaments.

This strange network, known as N11, extends over 1,000 light years and is a prominent structure of the Large Magellanic Cloud, the largest satellite galaxy in the Milky Way.

In the center of the picture we see the open star cluster LH9, also called NGC 1760, which consists of about 50 very bright blue stars that emit a radiation that has worn away everything around it.

One of the main hypotheses to explain the formation of N11 says that they would be the layers of the successive generations of stars that are formed from the center. The bright area seen above the center is N11B, an explosive region where even stars are forming today.

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