Hubble snaps close-up of the Tarantula Hubble has taken this stunning close-up shot of part of the Tarantula Nebula. This star-forming region of ionised hydrogen gas is in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy which neighbours the Milky Way. It is home to many extreme conditions including supernova remnants and the heaviest star ever found. The Tarantula Nebula is the most luminous nebula of its type in the local Universe.
Messier 9 cluster: First discovered by Charles Messier in 1764, the globular cluster Messier 9 is a vast swarm of ancient stars located 25,000 light-years away, close to the center of the galaxy. The cluster’s innermost stars have never been individually resolved - until now. Hubble has captured the details of over 250,000 stars within it. Most of Messier 9′s stars are nearly ten billion years old — twice the Sun’s age.