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Large Magellanic Cloud

Large Magellanic Cloud

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C. SMITH, S. POINTS, MCELS TEAM / NOAO / AURA / NSF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY C. SMITH, S. POINTS, MCELS TEAM / NOAO / AURA / NSF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption

Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). This dwarf galaxy is a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way, lying around 160,000 light years from Earth. It contains numerous bright emission nebulae (pink), clouds of gas that glow pink as the hydrogen gas they contain is ionised by radiation from the hot young stars that formed within them. A dense central bar of stars is seen at lower centre. This image is a mosaic of over 1500 individual images taken by the Curtis Schmidt telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, Chile. It was made as part of the Magellanic Clouds Emission Line Survey (MCELS), which studied the interstellar medium.

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