The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is one of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbors. Even though it is a small, or so-called dwarf galaxy, the SMC is so bright that it is visible to the unaided eye from the Southern Hemisphere and near the equator. Many navigators, including Ferdinand Magellan who lends his name to the SMC, used it to help find their way across the oceans.
Scale: Image is 3 arcmin across (160 light years)
Category: Normal Stars & Star Clusters
Coordinates (J2000): RA 01h 29m 12.40s | Dec -73° 32' 01.70"
Observation Date: 11 pointings between 31 March and 29 April, 2010
Observation Time: 80 hours 45 min (3 days 8 hours 45 min)
Obs. ID: 10985-10986, 11978-11979, 11988-11989, 12130-12131, 12134, 12136, 12207
References: Oskinova, L. et al, 2013, ApJ, 765 73; arXiv:1301.3500
Color Code: X-ray (Purple); Optical (Red, Green, Blue); Infrared (Red)