- Status Report
- Sep 23, 2023
Hubble Telescope Reveals Swarm of Glittering Stars in Nearby Galaxy
According to a NASA press release: “NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has peered at a small area within the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) to provide the deepest color picture ever obtained in that satellite galaxy of our own
Over 10,000 stars can be seen in the photo, covering a region in the LMC about 130 light-years wide. The faintest stars in the picture are some 100 million times dimmer than the human eye’s
limit of visibility. Our Sun, if located in the LMC, would be one of the faintest stars in the photograph, indistinguishable from the swarm of other similar stars.
Also visible in the image are sheets of glowing gas, and dark patches of interstellar dust silhouetted against the stars and gas behind them. “
° Press Release, NASA
° Photos at the Space Telescope Science Institute.