157,000 light-years

Glowing gas of the interstellar medium is a breeding ground for the formation of new stars, and the cemetery where the ashes of dead stars ultimately return. More than 1500 individual images have been assembled into this large mosaic showing the interstellar medium in the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of the closest major galaxies to the Milky Way.

Credit: C. Smith, S. Points, the MCELS Team and NOAO / AURA / NSF.