Large Magellanic Cloud
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Large Magellanic Cloud

November 2, 2006

This false-colour view of the Large Magellanic Cloud is a composite of images taken by AKARI at far-infrared wavelengths (60, 90 and 140 microns). The Large Magellanic Cloud is a neighbour galaxy to the Milky Way.

Interstellar clouds in which new stars are forming are distributed over the entire galaxy. The bright region in the bottom-left is known as the 'Tarantula Nebula' and is a very productive factory of stars.

This figure is a part of a data set covering a sky portion of about 17,000 by 17,000 light-years.

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