Large Magellanic Cloud

The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a nearby galaxy, and a satellite of the Milky Way. At a distance of slightly less than 50 kiloparsecs (≈163,000 light-years), the LMC is the third closest galaxy to the Milky Way, with the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal (~ 16 kiloparsecs) and the putative Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy (~ 12.9 kiloparsecs, though its status as a galaxy is underdispute) lying closer to the center of the Milky Way. It has a mass equivalent to approximately 10 billion times the mass of the Sun (10 solar masses), making it roughly 1/100 as massive as the Milky Way, and a diameter of about 14,000 light-years (~ 4.3kpc). The LMC is the fourth largest galaxy in the Local Group, after the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the Milky Way, and theTriangulum Galaxy (M33).

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Nikon Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI
Imaging cameras: Nikon D5000
Software: DeepSkyStacker, photoshop
Dates: Jan. 30, 2014
Frames: 60×15″
Integration: 0.2 hours

Autor: Leandro Fornaziero

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