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NGC 602: Taken Under The “Wing” Of The Small Magellanic Cloud


Credit: X-ray: NASA/ CXC/ Univ.Potsdam/ L.Oskinova et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Credit: X-ray: NASA/ CXC/ Univ.Potsdam/ L.Oskinova et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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.

Modern astronomers are also interested in studying the SMC (and its cousin, the Large Magellanic Cloud), but for very different reasons. Because the SMC is so close and bright, it offers an opportunity to study phenomena that are difficult to examine in more distant galaxies.

New Chandra data of the SMC have provided one such discovery: the first detection of X-ray emission from young stars with masses similar to our Sun outside our Milky Way galaxy. The new Chandra observations of these low-mass stars were made of the region known as the “Wing” of the SMC. In this composite image of the Wing the Chandra data is shown in purple, optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope is shown in red, green and blue and infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope is shown in red.

Full Story: http://www.chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2013/ngc602/

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