Latest Large Magellanic Cloud Stories

Supernova 1987A
2014-11-11 04:00:18

In 1987 astronomers witnessed the violent death of a giant star in the form of a supernova, and now researchers have published results of their extensive ‘autopsy’ which yielded surprising results.

star cluster NGC 3293
2014-07-23 10:22:45

In this striking new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile young stars huddle together against a backdrop of clouds of glowing gas and lanes of dust.

Organic Conundrum In Milky Way’s Satellite Galaxy, The Large Magellanic Cloud
2014-06-23 03:03:26

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.

Dissecting Dust from Detonation of Dead Star
2014-06-05 08:37:41

Based on observations taken from the Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA scientists have uncovered evidence of a rare Type Ia supernova scenario – when a white dwarf feeds off an aging giant, to the point of explosion.

Large Magellanic Cloud Completes One Rotation Every 250M Years
2014-02-18 13:13:39

Scientists using the NASA Hubble Space Telescope found that the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) completes a rotation every 250 million years. The team used Hubble to measure the average motion of hundreds of individual stars in the nearby galaxy, which is located about 170,000 light-years away from Earth.

2014-02-18 12:36:25


ESA's Gaia Mission Is Beginning To See Things More Clearly
2014-02-06 13:37:15

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) billion-star surveyor mission is slowly beginning to see more clearly. The Gaia spacecraft took a test image of a dense star of clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud to help fine tune its instruments.

NASA's Hubble Telescope Looks Deep Inside The Tarantula Nebula
2014-01-10 09:14:19

The Hubble Tarantula Treasury Program from NASA has revealed some fascinating new images deep inside the Tarantula Nebula, also known as 30 Daradus.

Supernova Dust Factory
2014-01-06 12:08:48

A new image of a recent supernova could offer up insight to scientists about how galaxies became so dusty.

Fiery Drama Of Star Birth And Stellar Death
2013-11-27 07:05:14

This new image shows clouds of gas and dust where hot new stars are being born and are sculpting their surroundings into odd shapes. But the image also shows the effects of stellar death — filaments created by a supernova explosion.

Latest Large Magellanic Cloud Reference Libraries

2010-09-16 15:14:03

The two Magellanic Clouds (or Nubeculae Magellani), composed of the Large Megellanic Cloud and the Small Magellanic Cloud, are irregular dwarf galaxies visible in the southern hemisphere. They are members of our Local Group and orbit the Milky Way galaxy. Persian astronomer Al Sufi, in 964, was the first to have written anything about the Magellanic Clouds proving they have been known since early time amongst the Middle East peoples. Sufi, in his Book of Fixed Stars, calls the clouds...

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Supernova Remnant -- A supernova remnant (SNR) is made up of the materials left behind by the gigantic explosion of a star in a supernova. There are two possible routes to this end: either a massive star may cease to generate fusion energy in its core, and collapse inward under the force of its own gravity, or a white dwarf star may accumulate material from a companion star until it reaches a critical mass and undergoes a similar collapse. In either case, the resulting supernova...

2004-10-19 04:45:40

Supernova 1987a -- Supernova 1987a was a supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby dwarf galaxy. It occurred approximately 50 kiloparsecs from Earth, the closest supernova since Supernova 1604, which occurred in the Milky Way itself. The light from the supernova reached Earth on February 23, 1987. Its brightness peaked in May with a magnitude of about 3 and slowly declined in the following months. It was modern astronomers' first opportunity to see a supernova up close....

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