An astounding 2,400 massive stars in the center of 30 Doradus, seen here, are producing intense radiation and powerful winds as they jettison material. Multimillion-degree gas detected in x-rays (blue) by the Chandra X-ray Observatory comes from shock fronts formed by these stellar winds and by supernova explosions. This hot gas carves out gigantic bubbles in the surrounding cooler gas and dust shown here in infrared orange captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope.
April 19, 2012 10:35 AM PDT
Photo by: X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/L.Townsley et al.; Infrared: NASA/JPL/PSU/L.Townsley et al.