The Large Magellanic Cloud giant H II region N159

A true-color image of the LMC H II region N159 taken with HST

Credit: M. Heydari-Malayeri (Observatoire de Paris) and NASA/ESA

A true-color composite image of the Large Magellanic Cloud H II region N159 as seen by the Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), based on images taken with filters H-alpha (red), [OIII] (green), and H-beta (blue). The high excitation compact object lying towards the center of the image is N159-5 or the Papillon nebula. Click here in order to get an enlarged view of it. Note how the powerful winds from the young massive stars sweep the surrounding ionized gas into arc and filaments. The field size is about 130 light-years.