The Large Magellanic Cloud – Brian Boyle


Omnipresent and readily visible to the naked eye in our Southern skies, at only 150,000 light year from Earth, the Large Magellanic Cloud is the closest large(ish) galaxy to our own Milky Way galaxy. The image, taken in the light of ionised sulphur (red), hydrogen (green) and oxygen (blue) should the barred spiral nature of this galaxy which has been significantly disrupted by tidal interactions with our much heavier Milky Way galaxy and the less massive Small Magellanic Cloud. How would you feel after going a couple of rounds with a giant 100 time heavier than you? The most remarkable features you can also see in this image are the numerous star-forming regions including the giant Tarantula nebula (the blue region to the upper left of the central bar).. Even from this great distance the Tarantula nebula can be seen with the naked eye. If it were as close to the Earth as the Orion Nebula, it would cast shadows at night.


Camera Settings

Nikon FX 200mm f2, ZWO ASI6200MM sensor & Astronomik narrow band filter set. 270 x 180sec exposure.

Sale Details

$750 (inc GST)