NGC 292 Small Magellanic Cloud


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NGC 292, the Small Magellanic Cloud, is a small galaxy residing (better said, passing by) in the Milky Way neighborhood. It is quite close (200,000 light years, making it the fourth nearest galaxy to our own), what has allowed a detailed study. The closeness to us, may have disrupted the once barred spiral structure, now resembling much more an irregular galaxy. During a long time, the SMC, together with the LMC (still closer to us) were considered satellites of the Milky Way. Observations based on the HST have determined that these galaxies do not orbit the MW, but are simply Local Group members that are passing by us.

Additional Information


Name(s): NGC 292. Small Magellanic Cloud

Type: Barred Spiral galaxy

RA:  00h 52m 36s

Dec: -72º 48’ 07”

Constellation: Tucana

Size (arcmin): 320×210

Magnitude: +2.3

Distance: 200,000 ly


Date: 2015-09-10 thru 13

Location:, SSO near Coonabarabran, NSW Australia

Size (arcmin): 240×240

Telescope: Takahashi FSQ 106 f/5

Camera: FLI PL16803 (4096x4096pix)

Guiding: yes

Total exposure: 220 min (L: 50 min; RGB: 170 min)

Processing: CCDStack, Photoshop CC 2016 and PixInsight

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