November 2018 - Picture of the Month
Structures of the Large Magellanic Cloud
I admit it, I'm following in the footsteps of NASA's APOD for this month. Don and Josep already gained that distinction in January this year. In my defense, you can plainly see why.
This is a view of 4.5 degrees of the Large Magellanic Cloud which is simply packed with emission nebulae, supernova remnants and a great deal more. Don's website has an annotated version of this image that's well worth a look to get a feel for the abundance of deep-sky objects.
This is clearly a playground for imagers, but Steve Gottlieb's 2013 post in the Deep Sky Forum shows that there are some delights available to visual observers in that dense region of nebulosity to the bottom left. In fact it might be worth reading all Steve's posts on observing the LMC. I wonder if many have tried using Electronically-Assisted Astronomical (EAA) observing in this area?
James Whinfrey - Website Administrator.