The Large Magellanic Cloud

The Large Magellanic Cloud

A satellite image of the Large Magellanic Cloud

The Large Magellanic Cloud as it appears in visible light. The galaxy's most prominent object is the sprawling Tarantula Nebula (middle left), the largest star factory in the LMC and the most active star-formation zone among the dozens of galaxies that make up the Local Group, which includes our own Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxy (M31). The LMC is about 14,000 light-years across.

Image: Goddard Space Flight Center and Penn State
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