Large Magellanic Cloud

© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2013
Size: 2000 px

Visible as a faint "cloud" in the night sky of the southern hemisphere straddling the border between the constellations of Dorado and Mensa, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a nearby galaxy, and a satellite of the Milky Way. At a distance of about 50 kiloparsecs (≈163,000 light-years), the LMC is the third closest galaxy to the Milky Way, after the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal (~ 16 kiloparsecs) and the putative Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy (~ 12.9 kiloparsecs, though its status as a galaxy is not certain).Its visual diameter is more than 20 times the width of the full moon. While the LMC is often considered an irregular galaxy (type Irr/SB(s)m), the LMC contains a very prominent bar in its center, suggesting that it may have previously been a barred spiral galaxy. The LMC's irregular appearance is possibly result of tidal interactions with both the Milky Way and the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC).It has a mass equivalent to approximately 10 billion times the mass of the Sun, making it roughly 1/100 as massive as the Milky Way, and a diameter of about 14,000 light-years (~ 4.3 kpc). The LMC is the fourth largest galaxy in the Local Group, after the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the Milky Way, and the Triangulum Galaxy (M33. This widefield image covers about 6.5 x 4.5°. Much more detailed view of the eastern part of the LMC can be found here .

Image details


Center of field RA 05:20:47 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE -69:18:46 (deg:m:s)
Size 6.58 x 4.38 (deg)
Pixel scale: 11.9 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is 86.3 degrees E of N
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Optic(s): 200 mm Canon lens @ 2.8
Mount: Meade LX75
Camera: Canon 60 Da
Filters: -
Dates/Times: 26 August 2014
Location: Namibia-TIVOLI ASTROFARM, S 23° 27' 40,9" / E 18° 01' 02,2"
Exp. Details: 20 x 3 min - Total Exposure Time - 60 min
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Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2013. All Rights Reserved
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