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Deathly Embrace: Two Gigantic Suns Collide With Fantastic Final Kiss

The double star system was discovered by astronomers studying the Tarantula Nebula region of the Large Magellanic Cloud, the third closest galaxy to our Milky Way.

The Large Magellanic Cloud, if van Gogh had painted it

Planck satellite reveals one of our galaxy's nearest neighbours, 160,000 light years from Earth

A Companion’s Glittering Beehive

We live in the Milky Way, a gigantic galactic disk of stars, gas, and dust. Our galaxy also has several smaller companion galaxies, mostly elliptical and irregular dwarf galaxies. One of them is called the Large Magellanic Cloud, about 160,000 light-years away. Show More Summary

Plumes of Magellan

Every now and again, I see a picture of an astronomical object that has me scratching my head. The image above is from Hubble Space Telescope, and shows a section of a nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy companion of our Milky Way. Show More Summary

Image of the Day: An Exploding Light Show in a Milky Way Satellite Galaxy

In this image, an expanding shell of debris called SNR 0519-69.0 is left behind after a massive star exploded in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way. Multimillion degree gas is seen in X-rays from Chandra...

How To Photograph An Exploding Star

last yearGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This is SNR E0519-69.0, an expanding shell of debris around a star that exploded in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way. The red lines are the outer edges of the explosion (visible light) and the blue glow is the superhot gas (millions of degrees hot, in X-Ray). Read more...

Three Extreme Objects Spotted in Milky Way Dwarf Galaxy

In the latest discovery, a multinational team of astronomers working on the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.) telescopes found three extremely luminous gamma-ray sources in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite dwarf galaxy of the Milky Way. These are...

HESS collaboration finds three extremely luminous gamma-ray sources in the Large Magellanic Cloud

A multinational team of astronomers working on the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.) telescopes found three extremely luminous gamma-ray sources in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite dwarf galaxy of the Milky Way....Show More Summary

A Gorgeous Image From the Hubble Telescope Shows the Seahorse in the Large Magellanic Cloud

An image of the Large Magellanic Cloud taken in 2008 by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a large dark area slightly right of center that resembles the form of a seahorse. The image was taken in 2008 by Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 to celebrate telescope’s 100,00th orbit around the Earth. The dark area forming […]

1987 Supernova Relic Reveals a Hidden Object

Supernova SN1987A, first seen by observers in the Southern Hemisphere in 1987 when a giant star suddenly exploded at the edge of a nearby dwarf galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud has been probed by an Australian led team of...

Organic conundrum in Large Magellanic Cloud

A group of organic chemicals that are considered carcinogens and pollutants today on Earth, but are also thought to be the building blocks for the origins of life, may hold clues to how carbon-rich chemicals created in stars are processed and recycled in space.

WIRED Space Photo of the Day: Star Cluster Jewel

A Gaia test image of the young star cluster NGC1818 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, taken as part of calibration and testing before the science phase of the mission begins. The field-of-view is 212 x 212 arcseconds and the image...

Billion-star surveyor comes into focus

ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is slowly being brought into focus. This test image shows a dense cluster of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. read more

Hubble Telescope Captures Spectacular New Images of Tarantula Nebula

WASHINGTON — New views from the Hubble Space Telescope are revealing the spooky-looking Tarantula Nebula in never-before-seen detail. The Tarantula Nebula is located about 160,000 light-years from Earth in the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way. Show More Summary

Hubble Finds 800,000 Stars In New Amazing View Of The Tarantula Nebula

Looking at this new Hubble image of the Tarantula Nebula overwhelms my vision and brain. Especially when you consider this is just a fraction of the Large Magellanic Cloud, “a small satellite galaxy 170,000 light years away from the Milky Way.” More »      

A fiery drama of star birth and death

Located only about 160 000 light-years from us (eso1311) in the constellation of Dorado (The Swordfish), the Large Magellanic Cloud is one of our closest galactic neighbours. read more

Fiery drama of star birth, death

The Large Magellanic Cloud is one of the closest galaxies to our own. Astronomers have now used the power of ESO’s Very Large Telescope to explore one of its lesser known regions. This new image shows clouds of gas and dust where hot new stars are being born and are sculpting their surroundings into odd shapes. Show More Summary

We are star stuff: Star birth and death captured in dramatic intergalactic tableau

You are looking at a stunning photo of the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of the closest dwarf galaxies to the Milky Way. Captured by the ESO's Very Large Telescope, the photo shows an active region of stellar birth on the right, and the remnants of explosive stellar death -- supernova -- on the left. Show More Summary

The birth and death of stars in one spectacular photo

2 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Our nearest galactic neighbor is the Large Magellanic Cloud. But despite its close proximity — about 160,000 light-years — astronomers are still finding new features to explore, including this stunning supernova remnant that appears to be sitting right beside a stellar nursery. Read more...

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