Part of the Large Magellanic Cloud

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  16" DCA: LRGB LRGB Annotated map 16" DCA: HaLRGB HaLRGB Annotated map  

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© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2014

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 huge 6 panel mosaic covers area of about 2.5 x 3.5° and includes the prominent Tarantula Nebula, as well as hundreds smaller objects (see the reference map). A photograph of the entire LMC can be seen here.. Below is a zoomable image. Zoom in and out with the mouse scroll button, holding Alt button (or using the slider below); click and drag with the left mouse button to pan.


Image details:


Center of field RA 05:34:34(h:m:s)
Center of field DE -69:10:46 (deg:m:s)
Size 2.42 x 3.49 (deg)
Pixel scale: 1.03 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is 0.291 degrees E of N
Charts and image details obtained from
Optic(s): 16" f3,75 Dream Corrected Astrograph (DCA)
Mount: Astelco NTM-500 direct drive mount
Camera: Apogee Alta U-16M CCD camera
Filters: Lum, Red, Green, Blue, Astrodon
Dates/Times: From 23 to 29 of August 2014
Location: Namibia-TIVOLI ASTROFARM, S 23° 27' 40,9" / E 18° 01' 02,2"
Exp. Details: L: 3x10min, R: 3x10min, G: 3x10min, B: 3x10min, Bin 1
  Total Exposure Time - 640 min (8:00 hours), six panel mosaic
More details: Dark and flat frames reduction
Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2014. All Rights Reserved
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