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Magellanin pilvet - 24.8.2019 at 23.30 Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia Observation number 86852

Visibility IV / V

Juha Ojanperä, Porin Karhunvartijat

Irregular dwarf companions of the Milky Way observed with the naked eye.

A large cloud of Magellan appears in the sky as a hazy and elongated "cloud." A large rod-like structure running through the galaxy and the area of the Tarantulas Nebula stand out from the big Magellanic cloud with the naked eye. The visual size of the Big Magellan cloud is about 8 x 2 degrees.

The small Magellanic cloud appears in the sky as an elongated, hazy spot about half the size of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The small Magellanic cloud is uniform to the naked eye, and is of the same brightness as the Large Magellanic Cloud.

The clouds of both Magellan are comparable in brightness and essence to the average brightness and essence of the Linnnunrada. The clouds of Magellan are like pieces torn from the Milky Way, thrown into the sky in their present positions.

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  • Observation target
    • Deep space object
  • Designation
    • Magellanin pilvet
    • Näyttävä
  • Weather
    • Selkeää, tyyntä, kuiva ilma, +1C, SQM: 21.71
  • 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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