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January 16, 1991 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1991-03

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Establishes Accurate New Distance Measurement To Neighboring Galaxy

An American Astronomical Society Meeting Release

January 16, 1991: Recent observations of the remnants of Supernova 1987A, conducted with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have provided an unexpected bonus - an accurate determination of the absolute distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, located in the southern hemisphere.

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Credit: NASA and ESA