Under the Large Magellanic Cloud

One of the Auxiliary Telescopes (ATs), used for interferometry purposes in the VLT complex, is portrayed during a beautiful starry night in the Atacama Desert. In the background, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is clearly visible as a diffuse "cloud". The LCM is a nearby irregular galaxy and a satellite of the Milky Way, located about 160.000 light-years away. The bright "patch" at the bottom of the galaxy is the Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070), an H II region.

Credit:

ESO/F. Char

About the Image

Id:at3-lmc-cc
Type:Photographic
Release date:23 March 2012, 14:03
Size:2848 x 4272 px

About the Object

Name:Very Large Telescope
Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
Category:Paranal

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