Deepest, widest view of the Large Magellanic Cloud from SMASH

Part of the SMASH dataset showing an unprecedented wide-angle view of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are the largest satellite galaxies of the Milky Way and, unlike the rest of the satellite galaxies, are still actively forming stars — and at a rapid pace. The depth of these survey data can be appreciated by the number of stars visible in the outer regions of the galaxy, as seen in the lower part of the image.

Credit:

CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/SMASH/D. Nidever (Montana State University)
Acknowledgment: Image processing: Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage), Mahdi Zamani & Davide de Martin

About the Image

Id:noirlab2030a
Type:Observation
Release date:Dec. 1, 2020, 8 a.m.
Related releases:noirlab2030
Size:6737 x 6536 px

About the Object

Name:Large Magellanic Cloud
Constellation:Mensa
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 15 10.99
Position (Dec):-71° 33' 59.42"
Field of view:561.00 x 544.26 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 16.9° right of vertical