Large Magellanic Cloud

Noirlab_noao0601b_1024

noirlab_noao0601b January 9th, 2006

Credit: C. Smith, S. Points, the MCELS Team and NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/

The glowing gas of the interstellar medium (ISM) is the breeding ground for the formation of new stars, and the cemetery where the ashes of dead stars ultimately return. A team led by astronomers from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) has conducted a new study called the Magellanic Cloud Emission Line Survey (MCELS) that focused expressly on the ISM in the Large Magellanic Cloud and Small Magellanic Cloudthe nearest major galaxies to the Milky Way. More than 1,500 individual images from MCELS have been assembled into this large mosaic of the Large Magellanic Cloud, released to the public in Washington, DC, in January 2006 at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society. See also NOAO Press Release 06-01.

Provider: NOIRLab

Image Source: https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noao0601b/

Curator: NSF's NOIRLab, Tucson, AZ, USA

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
LMC
Noirlab_noao0601b_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 21m 59.1s
DEC = -68° 8’ 16.9”
Orientation
North is 0.9° CCW
Field of View
7.0 x 7.9 degrees
Constellation
Dorado

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Orange SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope (Cassegrain) Optical (Sll) 671.0 nm
Purple SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope (Cassegrain) Optical (Ha) 656.0 nm
Green SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope (Cassegrain) Optical (G) 475.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Orange
Purple
Green
Noirlab_noao0601b_1280
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ID
noao0601b
Subject Category
Subject Name
LMC
Credits
C. Smith, S. Points, the MCELS Team and NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/
Release Date
2006-01-09T00:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noao0601b/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope, SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope, SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope
Instrument
Cassegrain, Cassegrain, Cassegrain
Color Assignment
Orange, Purple, Green
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
Sll, Ha, G
Central Wavelength
671, 656, 475
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
80.49613861, -68.13802148
Reference Dimension
2802.0, 3158.0
Reference Pixel
1651.862183, 1718.824849
Scale
-0.0025, 0.0025
Rotation
0.9232423112
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
NSF's NOIRLab
URL
https://noirlab.edu
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
950 North Cherry Ave.
City
Tucson
State/Province
AZ
Postal Code
85719
Country
USA
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
NSF's NOIRLab
Publisher ID
noirlab
Resource ID
noao0601b
Metadata Date
2020-04-14T23:38:27+02:00
Metadata Version
1.0
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