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Large Magellanic Cloud

The Large Magellanic Cloud is a galaxy located about 160,000 light years away that can be seen from the Southern Hemisphere without a telescope. Both the Large Magellanic Cloud and its neighbor, the Small Magellanic Cloud, are irregular dwarf galaxies and members of the Local Group of galaxies that orbit the Milky Way.

The Large Magellanic Cloud is the largest of the most massive of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies, spanning about 15,000 light years. It is the home of many diffuse nebula, globular and open clusters, planetary nebula, and other structures, including the Tarantula Nebula, or 30 Doradus.

Image from National Geographic, information from National Geographic, NASA, and Messier.SEDS.org.

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