The Large Magellanic Cloud

The Large Magellanic has been added to the Universe Watch segment today. As the LMC is only about 25 degrees above the horizon, it is not in the ideal position to observe it as the telescope has to see to see through a thicker layer of atmosphere the closer the object is to the hoizon. That is why stars close to the horizon twinkle the most…due to the atmosphere’s effect on the light coming from the star.  So it is always ideal to view objects a little higher…so that you have less interference from the atmosphere to deal with.


Large Magellanic Cloud

Large Magellanic Cloud (Click for Larger Picture)

Note : if you are in the northern part of Sydney you may  have issues dealing with sky glow from the city, but this all depends on tonights conditions and your point of observation.


You can see more on the Large Magellanic Cloud in Universe Watch in the menu on the right.

~ by sydneystargazers on October 18, 2009.

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