A Hubble closeup of the Tarantula Nebula, one of the most active star-forming regions in our galactic neighborhood.
It's in the Large Magellanic Cloud, so only visible from the Southern Hemisphere, and is so luminous that if it were as close as the Orion nebula, it would actually cast shadows. I've seen the LMC from the Australian outback and with the naked eye, it looks a lot like -- a cloud.
Credit: NASA, ESA
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