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Stars and stellar evolution
NGC 2014 and NGC 2020
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Photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

This image reveals how young, massive, energetic stars sculpt and illuminate their birthplace with powerful winds and searing ultraviolet radiation. The image is nicknamed the “Cosmic Reef,” because it resembles an undersea world.

Facts of interest about this image

The large, red nebula featured in the image (NGC 2014) and its smaller blue neighbor (NGC 2020) are part of a vast star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. This image celebrates Hubble’s 30 years of exploring the heavens.

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