Inside the Small Magellanic Cloud

on Sunday, June 3, 2012

The SMC and LMC were certainly known through ages by the southerners. It became known to the world when Fernando de Magallanes went on his journey around the world in 1519.

Inside the Small Cloud we can find intriguing extra galactic objects like nebulae and star clusters which can be reached through amateurs telescopes. NGC 346 in changing its shape through the cosmic eras. Massive interactions of light wind heat and star radiation are pushing far away interstellar gas that shines in a wide color spectrum. NGC 371 is an open star cluster surrounded by ionized hydrogen. It has 5 arc minutes size and very active star forming region.

The image was taken with a TMB 92 SS f5 refractor and a QSI 583 WS camera riding in a NEQ6 mount from a dark location in Argentinean Pampas. Total exposure time 15o minutes through LHaRGB filters.

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