Ngc 292 - Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC)
Exposure time total:
dwarf galaxy (SBm)
319’ x 205’
+ 2.8 mag
200 000 light years
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L @ f/4
Astro-Physics Mach1 GTO
EOS 6D (ISO 800)
Image acquisition by CEDIC team
(Justin Kabaus, Bernhard Hubl, Christoph Kaltseis, Markus Blauensteiner)
Image processing by Justin Kabaus
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.