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APOD: 2014 November 30 - The Seahorse of the Large Magellanic Cloud
The dark object toward the image lower section is actually a pillar of smoky dust about 20 light years long. The curiously-shaped dust structure occurs in our neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud, in a star forming region very near the expansive Tarantula Nebula. The representative color image was taken in 2008 by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in honor of Hubble's 100,000th trip around the Earth.