All-sky view of the Magellanic Stream (radio/visible-light)

This image shows a long ribbon of gas called the Magellanic Stream, which stretches nearly halfway around the Milky Way.

In this combined radio and visible-light image, the gaseous stream is shown in pink. The radio observations are taken from the Leiden/Argentine/Bonn (LAB) Survey. The Milky Way is the light blue band in the centre of the image. The brown clumps are interstellar dust clouds in our galaxy. The Magellanic Clouds, satellite galaxies of the Milky Way, are the white regions at the bottom right.


David L. Nidever, et al., NRAO/AUI/NSF and Mellinger, Leiden/Argentine/Bonn Survey, Parkes Observatory, Westerbork Observatory, and Arecibo Observatory.

About the Image

Release date:8 August 2013, 16:00
Related releases:heic1314
Size:2000 x 1000 px

About the Object

Name:Large Magellanic Cloud, Magellanic Stream, Milky Way, Small Magellanic Cloud
Type:Milky Way
Local Universe : Galaxy

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