The Large Magellanic Cloud

Large Magellanic Cloud

LMC Galaxy

This image shows a portion of the Large Magellanic Cloud near the Tarantula Nebula. This image is centered at RA 05h 31m 15s and Dec -69d 03' 12". North is up. The nebulosity on the lower left of the image is near, if not part of, the Tarantula Nebula. The nebula at the upper right is NGC 1965. This image also captured a number of open star clusters, including NGC 1953, NGC 1967, NGC 1984, NGC 1994, NGC 2001, NGC 2009, NGC 2015, NGC 2042, and NGC 2050.

The sky near the south celestial pole also includes the Small Magellanic Cloud about 22 degrees away from the LMC, and the nearby 47 Tucanae globular star cluster. The Small Magellanic Cloud is also rich in star clusters and nebulosity.

This image was taken with a Takahashi FS-78 refractor using an ST-8XE CCD. A Takahashi EM-10 mount was used that had been converted to the Temma GOTO system.

Constellation: Dorado & Mensa
RA: 05h 23m 34.6s Dec: -69d 45' 22" (J2000)
September 3, 2005
Image by Sid Leach
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia.

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