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Images Dated 16th April 2003

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Optical image of the Tarantula nebula in Dorado Featured 16 Apr 2003 Print

Optical image of the Tarantula nebula in Dorado

Tarantula nebula. True-colour optical image of the Tarantula nebula (NGC 2070, 30 Doradonis) in the constellation Dorado. This immense nebula is not actually in our galaxy, the Milky Way, at all, but is in one of the Milky Way's satellite galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud. This small galaxy lies around 170, 000 light years from Earth. The nebula is a huge cloud of hydrogen gas ionised by hot, young stars at its centre. It is thought to cover over 5000 light years, dwarfing any such nebula in our galaxy. The great Orion nebula, by comparison, is around 15 light years wide. This image was produced by digitally combining photographs taken by the UK Schmidt Telescope in blue and red light

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Potted cactus plant Featured 16 Apr 2003 Print

Potted cactus plant

Potted cactus plant. Potted silver torch cactus (Cleistocactus strausii). This cactus originates from South America. It forms narrow (6-centimetre- wide) columns up to 2.4 metres high. Cacti evolved in arid environments, and have tissues adapted to minimise water loss. Cactus leaves are reduced to narrow spines (white), and the plant surface is covered in a thick, waxy outer layer. Many cacti also have a means of storing water

© LAWRENCE LAWRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY