The Small Magellanic Cloud

This astonishing photo takes our wonders beyond the world. It shows the  young stars (a few million years old) in the Small Magellanic Cloud, an irregular galaxy:

Young stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), one of the closest galaxies to our Milky Way.

 Photo credit: Chandra.harvard.edu

What is the Small Magellanic Cloud?

  • One of the closest galaxies to our Milky Way.
  • Its size is about 160 light years across. (1 light-year = 5.878625 trillion miles)
  • 180,000 light years from Earth.
  • It has a diameter of about 7,000 light-years and contains several hundred million stars.
  • It has a total mass of approximately 7 billion times the mass of the Sun.

The size of the SMC and distance indeed give another perspective of infinite.

notes:

APRIL 4, 2013 (release date): NASA’s Chandra X-ray telescope has made the first detection of X-ray emission from young solar-type stars that lie outside our Milky Way galaxy.

For more information, visit  Chandra.harvard.edu and Wikipedia.

Here is the infinite interpretation from my small lens:

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View WPC Infinite, click here.

Thank you for visiting! Happy weekend 🙂

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    • Hi Valerie, The image of the Universe is astonishing, I think it’s done by three layers if I’m not mistaken… I was glad that my humble small lens captured the peacefulness. Thank you for visiting!

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