Large Magellanic Cloud

The glowing gas of the interstellar medium (ISM) is the breeding ground for the formation of new stars, and the cemetery where the ashes of dead stars ultimately return. A team led by astronomers from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) has conducted a new study called the Magellanic Cloud Emission Line Survey (MCELS) that focused expressly on the ISM in the Large Magellanic Cloud and Small Magellanic Cloud—the nearest major galaxies to the Milky Way. More than 1,500 individual images from MCELS have been assembled into this large mosaic of the Large Magellanic Cloud, released to the public in Washington, DC, in January 2006 at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society. See also NOAO Press Release 06-01.

Credit:

C. Smith, S. Points, the MCELS Team and NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/

About the Image

Id:noao0601b
Type:Observation
Release date:Jan. 9, 2006
Related releases:noao0601
Size:2802 x 3158 px

About the Object

Name:LMC
Constellation:Dorado
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 21 59.07
Position (Dec):-68° 8' 16.88"
Field of view:420.30 x 473.70 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.9° left of vertical


Colors & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
Ha
656 nm SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope
Cassegrain
Optical
G
475 nm SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope
Cassegrain
Optical
Sll
671 nm SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope
Cassegrain