January 23, 2013

Zooming Into Large Magellanic Cloud

Nearly 200 000 light-years from Earth, the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, floats in space, in a long and slow dance around our galaxy. As the Milky Way’s gravity gently tugs on its neighbour’s gas clouds, they collapse to form new stars. In turn, these light up the gas clouds in a kaleidoscope of colours.

This video zooms in from a view of the night sky into the Large Magellanic Cloud, and focuses in on part of LHA 120-N11, a region of glowing dust and gas with ongoing star formation.

Credit:  NASA, ESA, Digitized Sky Survey 2

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