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February 18, 2014 01:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2014-11

Hubble Watches Stars' Clockwork Motion in Nearby Galaxy


Video: The Rotation Rate of the Large Magellanic Cloud

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This animation illustrates the rotation rate of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Hubble Space Telescope observations have determined that the central part of the LMC completes a rotation every 250 million years. Hence, it takes more than 10 million years for even the small amount of rotation illustrated here.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon, R. van der Marel, A. Feild, L. Frattare, Z. Levay, and F. Summers (STScI)

Acknowlegment: S. Guisard (

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