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A particularly massive and bright stellar nursery is the Tarantula Nebula, 30 Doradus. The relative proximity of 30 Doradus (about 160,000 light years from us) allows astronomers the chance to study in detail the way in which bursts of star formation proceed. The image above is a composite of an infrared image obtained by the Spitzer Space Telescope and an X-ray image (in blue) obtained by the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Credit: NASA/CXC/PSU/L.Townsley et al.; Infrared: NASA/JPL/PSU/L.Townsley et al.

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