Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Large Cloud of Magellan
Posted on 05/28/2013 10:51:23 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: The 16th century Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan and his crew had plenty of time to study the southern sky during the first circumnavigation of planet Earth. As a result, two fuzzy cloud-like objects easily visible to southern hemisphere skygazers are known as the Clouds of Magellan, now understood to be satellite galaxies of our much larger, spiral Milky Way galaxy. About 160,000 light-years distant in the constellation Dorado, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is seen here in a remarkably deep, colorful, and annotated composite image. Spanning about 15,000 light-years or so, it is the most massive of the Milky Way's satellite galaxies and is the home of the closest supernova in modern times, SN 1987A. The prominent patch just left of center is 30 Doradus, also known as the magnificent Tarantula Nebula, is a giant star-forming region about 1,000 light-years across.
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[Credit & Copyright: L. Comolli, L. Fontana, G. Ghioldi & E. Sordini]
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Animanics Ballad of Magellan
Your fun little journey’s
Become a nightmare
Keep trying, Magellan
You’ll find the East Indies, you just don’t know where
They sailed due west
To the Philippine Islands
Magellan was pleased
As the natives drew near
But then someone shouted,
“I think they’re attacking!”
Magellan said, “What?”
And got hit by a spear
You almost made it
It’s really not fair
Oh, ghost of Magellan
The East Indies islands were right over there!
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