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Contains:  Tarantula nebula, NGC 2070, NGC 2018, NGC 1763, The star δRet, The star δDor, The star ζVol, The star δVol, The star βRet, The star γ2Vol, The star βDor, The star αRet, The star αPic, The star γHyi, The constellation Mensa (Men), Part of the constellation Reticulum (Ret), Part of the constellation Volans (Vol), Part of the constellation Dorado (Dor)

Image of the day 03/05/2017

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    Large Magellanic Cloud, 


    Large Magellanic Cloud

    Large Magellanic Cloud

    Technical card

    Resolution: 3612x2397

    Dates:Jan. 27, 2017

    Frames: 76x120"

    Integration: 2.5 hours

    Avg. Moon age: 29.02 days

    Avg. Moon phase: 0.29% job: 1476782

    RA center: 81.244 degrees

    DEC center: -69.679 degrees

    Pixel scale: 23.510 arcsec/pixel

    Orientation: -18.669 degrees

    Field radius: 14.153 degrees

    Locations: Lodge El Aleman, Barreal, Argentina


    Captured at Barreal, a small village in the argentinean Andes at 1700m altitude near Cerro Mercedario. The LMC is of course a spectacualar highlight of the southern sky, and contains a wealth of details visible even in a small binocular. A lot of star formation is going on, the brightest region being the famous Tarantula nebula - that would outshine M42 by far if in the same distance. According to newer theories, both LMC and SMC are not regulat companions of the MilkyWay, but freshly captured by her and just on their first time in orbit. The nearly intact barred spiral structure of the LMC and bursting star formation unseen in old companions are the main arguments for that new view. There is a faint big halo visible in this picture, as some filaments of galactic cirrus bekonging to the Milky WAy.

    Canon6d at ISO800, Tamron 85mm at f/2.2



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    Large Magellanic Cloud,