Wide-field view of part of the Large Magellanic Cloud and the remarkable double star OGLE-LMC-CEP0227

This wide field view of part of our neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, was created from photographs taken in red and blue light as part of the Digitized Sky Survey 2. The remarkable double star OGLE-LMC-CEP0227 lies at the centre of the picture, just one of huge numbers of faint stars. Studies of this very rare system have allowed astronomers to measure mass of a Cepheid variable star with unprecedented accuracy. The field of view is approximately 2.8 degrees across.

Credit:

ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgement: Davide de Martin

About the Image

Id:eso1046b
Type:Observation
Release date:24 November 2010, 19:00
Related releases:eso1046
Size:10040 x 10632 px

About the Object

Name:OGLE-LMC-CEP0227
Type:Local Universe : Star : Type : Variable
Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Binary
Distance:170000 light years
Constellation:Mensa
Category:Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):4 52 17.91
Position (Dec):-70° 14' 24.21"
Field of view:168.56 x 178.50 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 4.6° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Infrared
B
Digitized Sky Survey 2
Optical
R
Digitized Sky Survey 2

 

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