Month: December 2018

NGC 55

NGC 55 NGC 55 is a bright and large barred irregular galaxy in Sculptor at a distance of 7 MLY. This Magellanic type galaxy seen near edge-on is a member of the Sculptor group. There are many faint background galaxies in this area. NOTE. Compare the sparse number of background stars, looking through our galaxy […]

NGC 346 (SMC) (Tucana)

NGC 346 NGC 346 (middle) is the brightest star forming region in the Small Magellanic Cloud. The massive stars within the cluster have produced this wispy emission, reflection nebulosity into unusual shapes.  NGC 371 (Bottom right) is a smaller and diffused star cluster surrounded by glowing reflection nebulosity. NGC 330 (top left) is one of the many star […]

NGC 602

NGC 602 NGC 602 is a bright very young open cluster on the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, which is another satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, at a distance of 196,000 light years. Shock waves and radiation has sculptured this nebula into this striking shape and triggered star formation. There is an extremely faint […]