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LMC SUPERBUBBLE DEM L50
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Here’s another one for my southern hemisphere friends. It’s called DEM L50 and it’s located roughly 160,000 light years distant in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) in the constellation Dorado. It’s what’s known as a superbubble and with a diameter of roughly 500 light years it is super indeed.
These superbubbles form in regions where incredible amounts of star formation, thus, massive stars have formed over the past few million years. A few million years doesn’t seem long on the cosmic timescale but as we know, these massive stars are very unstable and burn through their nuclear fuel very fast and end their lives in cataclysmic detonations. When these detonations take place in dense stellar material left over from the birth…
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