NGC 292  -  Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC)

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Object identification (3.5MB)

Object data of NGC292

Object type: dwarf galaxy (SBm)
Size: 319' x 205'
Magnitude: 2.8 mag
Constellation: Tuc
Distance: 200,000 Ly
Notes: The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC = NGC 292 = Nubecula minor) is an irregular dwarf galaxy. It has a total mass of approximately 7 billion times the mass of the Sun. At a distance of about 200,000 lightyears, it is one of the Milky Way's nearest neighbors. The SMC forms a pair with the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), which lies a further 20 degrees to the east (not visible in the above image).

The bright globular cluster visible in the above image is NGC 104, also known as 47 Tuc. With a distance of 17,000 lightyears, NGC 104 is 10 times nearer than NGC 292.

Exposure data

Date: 2015-10-10
Location: Hacienda Los Andes / Chile (1100m)
Telescope: Nikon 85mm f/2.8  @ f/3.5
Camera: Nikon Df (ISO800)
Mount: AP Mach 1
Exposure time: 57x3min
Exposure time total: 2h51min
Notes: Image acquisition by CEDIC team (Markus Blauensteiner, Bernhard Hubl, Justin Kabaus, Christoph Kaltseis)

Image processing by Markus Blauensteiner