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Iso Magellanin pilvi - 22.8.2019 at 22.00 Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia Observation number 86847

Visibility IV / V

Juha Ojanperä, Porin Karhunvartijat

The Big Magellanic Cloud, catalog number PGC 17223, is one of our Milky Way's most famous dwarf neighbors, the Magellanic Clouds.

The large Magellan cloud appears in the sky as an elongated, hazy "cloud" with a visual size of about 8 x 2 degrees in the sky. The large cloud of Magellan is dominated by a rod-like structure running through the galaxy, giving the galaxy its elongated shape. In addition to the rod, an area of the Tarantula Nebula is visible to the naked eye from the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is visible as the east end of the galaxy. The brightness and essence of the Big Magellanic Cloud roughly corresponds to the average brightness and essence of the Milky Way.

The large cloud of Magellan is considered a failed rod spiral galaxy disrupted by the gravity of the Milky Way. In addition to the rod, short and poorly developed beginnings of spiral branches can also be seen in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

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  • Observation target
    • Deep space object
  • Designation
    • Iso Magellanin pilvi
    • Näyttävä
  • Constellation
    • Dorado
  • Weather
    • Selkeää, tuulista, kuiva ilma, +9C, SQM: 21.63
  • Darkness
    • Excellent
  • Seeing
    • Excellent
  • Galaxies
    • Irregular galaxy info

      Irregular galaxy is a stellar system without clear organized structure.

      Irregular galaxy IC 10 in Cassiopeia. Image Rauno Päivinen.

      Large Magellanic Cloud is the third nearest galaxy. Image Toni Veikkolainen.

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Visual observation with the naked eye, graphite drawing on a cardboard card, scanned and slightly retouched with Paint Sho Pro

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