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N11: Star Clouds of the LMCĀ 

Massive stars, abrasiveĀ winds, mountains ofĀ dust, andĀ energetic lightĀ sculpt one of the largest and most picturesque regions ofĀ star formationĀ in theĀ Local Group of Galaxies. Known asĀ N11, the region isĀ visibleĀ on the upper right of many images of its home galaxy, theĀ Milky WayĀ neighbor known as theĀ Large Magellanic CloudsĀ (LMC). TheĀ above imageĀ was taken for scientific purposes by the Hubble Space Telescope and reprocessed for artistry by an amateur to win theĀ Hubbleā€™s Hidden TreasuresĀ competition. Although the section imaged above is known asĀ NGC 1763, the entire N11 emission nebula is second in LMC size only toĀ 30 Doradus.Ā Studying the stars in N11Ā has shown that it actually houses three successive generations of star formation. CompactĀ globules of dark dustĀ housing emerging young stars are also visible around the image.

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