Date Taken: 1/7/2014
Equipment: 20" PlaneWave Telescope with PLI 9000 camera in Australia;
Exposures: RGB-51 min bin 2 each, Lum-75 min bin 1.
Processing: MaximDL, Fits Liberator and Photoshop
The Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070) is an H II region in the Large Magellanic Cloud in the Southern Hemisphere. It was originally thought to be a star
The Tarantula Nebula has an apparent magnitude of 8. Considering its distance of about 160,000 light-years, this is an extremely luminous non-stellar object. Its luminosity is so great that if it were as close to Earth as the Orion Nebula, the Tarantula Nebula would cast shadows.