Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)


The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a nearby galaxy, and a satellite of the Milky Way.

The very first recorded mention of the Large Magellanic Cloud was by the Persian astronomer `Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi (later known in Europe as “Azophi”), in his Book of Fixed Stars around 964 AD.

The next recorded observation was in 1503–4 by Amerigo Vespucci in a letter about his third voyage. In this letter he mentions “three Canopes, two bright and one obscure”; “bright” refers to the two Magellanic Clouds, and “obscure” refers to the Coalsack.

Ferdinand Magellan sighted the LMC on his voyage in 1519, and his writings brought the LMC into common Western knowledge. The galaxy now bears his name.

Announced in 2006, measurements with the Hubble Space Telescope suggest the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds may be moving too fast to be orbiting the Milky Way.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L
Imaging cameras: Canon 5D Mark II DSLR
Software: PixInsight, BinaryRivers BackyardEOS
15 x 5minute exposures
ISO800 f/3.2 135mm
Calibrated with Dark (25) / Flat (30) / Bias (100)

Author: Cory Schmitz
AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI 22 June 2014