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Stars and stellar evolution
Star-forming Nebula N90

Star-forming Nebula N90


This is a star-forming nebula located in the wing of the Small Magellanic Cloud. The nebula, N90, surrounds a young cluster of bright stars known as NGC 602.


Found in the constellation Tucana (the toucan bird)

Distance from Earth

About 200,000 light-years away


About 150 light-years across

This colorful view blends observations by three of NASA's Great Observatories. Visible light from the Hubble Space Telescope, infrared light from the Spitzer Space Telescope, and X-rays from the Chandra X-ray Observatory combine to paint a deeper and richer portrait of star birth.

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"Fast Facts: Star-forming Nebula N90" is a table that lists the name, description, location, size, and distance of the nebula from Earth. A picture of the nebula is included.

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How to use in the classroom

Use this resource as:

A source of information. Read the table to find out about this object.

A mapping activity. Locate the nebula's associated constellation on a star map.

A large-number recognition activity. Have students look at several Fast Fact tables, including this one. Ask them to place the objects described in the Fast Fact tables in order, starting with the object closest to Earth and ending with the one farthest away.

An inquiry tool. Have students write down questions they would like answered about the image and the information in the Fast Facts table.

An engagement tool. Involve students in a discussion.

Related materials

HubbleSite press release: "Taken Under the 'Wing' of the Small Magellanic Cloud" 

Amazing Space resources by topic: Stars and stellar evolution