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The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)

The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)

The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a nearby irregular galaxy, and is a satellite of the Milky Way,At a distance of 160,000 light-years.
It has a mass equivalent to approximately 10 billion times the mass of our Sun , making it roughly 1/100 as massive as the Milky Way, and a diameter of about 14,000 light-years.
While the LMC is often considered an irregular type galaxy , the LMC contains a very prominent bar in its center, suggesting that it may have previously been a barred spiral galaxy.
The LMC's irregular appearance is possibly the result of tidal interactions with both the Milky Way, and the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC).WIKI
The Tarantula nebula complex is seen at the upper left of the galaxy.
Imaged with a 200mm F2.8 Canon lens operating at F4.
Orion starshoot pro 2 camera (color)
25X2 minutes for total of 50minutes.
Imaged from tivoli farm in Namibia.

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