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The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a nearby satellite galaxy of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. At a distance of slightly less than 160,000 light-years, the LMC is second closest galaxy to the Milky Way, with only the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal lying closer to the center of the Milky Way. The LMC is the fourth largest galaxy in the local group, with the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and Triangulum Galaxy (M33) also having more mass.

While the LMC is often considered an irregular type galaxy, it contains a very prominent bar in its center, suggesting that it may have previously been a barred spiral galaxy. The LMC's irregular appearance is possibly the result of tidal interactions with both the Milky Way, and the Small Magellanic Cloud.

It is visible as a faint 'cloud' in the night sky of the southern hemisphere, straddling the border between the constellations of Dorado and Mensa.

Image taken with a Canon EOS 20Da camera in prime focus of a professional refractor-teleskope at 500mm f/6.7. Exposure time is 120 minutes. This is a very deep and real image, so the "noise" in background is no noise, these are very very dim stars again. The image is not overprocessed and sharp. See the spikes on the very bright stars.
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