Detail View: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Collection: A Magellanic Mural

Title: 
A Magellanic Mural
Explanation: 
Two galaxies stand out to casual observers in Earth's Southern Hemisphere [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap951222.html ]: the Large Magellanic Cloud [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap980124.html ] (LMC) and the Small Magellanic Cloud [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap980125.html ] (SMC). These irregular galaxies are two of the closest galaxies to our Milky Way Galaxy [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap971229.html ]. Recent observations of the LMC [ http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/messier/xtra/ngc/lmc.html ] (on the left) have determined that it is on a nearly circular orbit [ http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-bib_query?1994AJ%2E%2E%2E%2E107%2E1333J&db_key=AST&high=33613e8e5804385&nosetcookie=1 ] around our Galaxy, and have even helped in the determination of the composition of dark matter in our Galaxy [ http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-bib_query?1997ApJ%2E%2E%2E486%2E%2E697A&db_key=AST&high=33613e8e5804464&nosetcookie=1 ]. The above photograph [ http://www.astr.ua.edu/gifimages/lmc_smc.html ] spans 40 degrees. Visible on the lower left of the LMC is the Tarantula Nebula [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap951027.html ] (in red). In the foreground to the right of the SMC [ http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/messier/xtra/ngc/smc.html ] is globular cluster 47 Tucanae [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap970919.html ], appearing here as a bright point of light.
Credit and Copyright: 
W. Keel (U. Alabama in Tuscaloosa), Cerro Tololo, Chile [ http://www.ls.eso.org/ ]
keyword: 
LMC
facet_where: 
Alabama
facet_what: 
Crux
original url: 
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap980203.html
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SPD-APOD-ap980203