The Magellanic Clouds Along the Horizon

Milkyway and Companion Galaxies

Uploaded 7/22/06

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 Late in the evening on the cold winters nights in the Outback, three special objects line up along the horizon in the south. To the left, the LMC is just coming up, and is still in the extinction band along the horizon. Just to its left, the "star" is 47 Tucanna, one of the most stunning of all bright globular clusters in the sky. Centered in this image is the LMC, with the reddish Tarantula nebula within its boundaries to the upper right. There are some research papers published that suggest that this nebula is the nucleus of the LMC, but that would be pretty abnormal being offset so much from the center.

Off to the right, above the trees is the second brightest star in the sky, Canopus. We can just see this star from our home state of Arizona along the horizon when it is on the meridian.

Instrument: Canon 17 - 40mm L @ 17mm Platform: Robotic Barn Door Camera: Canon 10D @ ISO800 Exposure: 10m Filters: UV Location: Near Winton, Queensland, Australia Elevation: 700 ft. Sky: Seeing 9/10, Transparency 10/10 Outside Temperature: 50F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS, Maxim DL, PixInsight, Pixmantec RAW HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS FastCounter by bCentral