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Sean Liang

Location of Photo:

Deep Sky Chile at Rio Hurtado Valley, Chile (Remote Astronomy via iTelescope)

Date/Time of photo:

Feb 2023


Takahashi Epsilon 180ED F2.8; ZWO ASI2600MM


The Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way, is a true wonder of the cosmos. From its location in the southern sky, the Large Magellanic Cloud offers a breathtaking view of a celestial spectacle - two big, bright smudges of light hanging over the southern horizon like two stubborn clouds refusing to dissipate. With the help of a telescope and camera, its glowing gas clouds and vibrant colours reveal a dazzling display of cosmic artistry. The colourful regions peppered across the galaxy are a massive collection of supernova remnants, stellar nurseries and star clusters. Intense radiations from those active targets energise the nearby hydrogen gases, causing them to glow like neons. Perhaps the most striking target is the Tarantula Nebula (the largest nebula seen in the pictures), a sprawling gas cloud resembling a giant spider dancing in the night sky. (The data was acquired from Telescope Live, which I processed using Pixinsight and Photoshop).