Release 811 of 1,153

Hubble Telescope Reveals Swarm of Glittering Stars in Nearby Galaxy

Release date: Dec 2, 1999 1:00 AM (EST)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

Peering at a small area within the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), the Hubble telescope has provided the deepest color picture ever obtained in this satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. More than 10,000 stars can be seen in this photo, covering a region about 130 light-years wide. The LMC is a small companion galaxy of the Milky Way, visible only from Earth's southern hemisphere. It attracts the attention of modern-day astronomers because, at a distance of only 168,000 light-years, it is one of the nearest galaxies.