The Rotation Rate of the Large Magellanic Cloud

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Duration: 20 seconds

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.

Animated Answers, Galaxies, HD Video, Irregular Galaxies, Magellanic Clouds


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

Publication: February 18, 2014

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