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The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is an irregular satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way. 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). The bright blue/green object towards the top of the galaxy is The Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070) which is an extremely luminous (mag. 8) star forming region. Considering that this is a nebula in another galaxy, if it where in our own galaxy at a distance of say the Orion Nebula, it would be bright enough to cast shadows.
Tried to do some deep sky imaging last night, but everything seemed to be working against me, so I packed away the telescope and just put my camera directly on the telescope mount. Managed only 20 minutes worth of data before the clouds rolled in. My unmodified camera is not sensitive enough to properly pick up the various emissions from this galaxy hence the predominantly blue nature of the galaxy.
Tamron 90mm F/2.8 Macro Lens @ 4.5
4 x 300 seconds
The LMC and SMC are prominent features of the southern hemisphere skies and are easily visable to the unaided eye from dark sky locations. They feature quite often in some of my landscape astrophotography shots. To see just how big they are in the sky check out the following shots as well.....