Large Magellanic Cloud

Photograph courtesy NASA/JPL/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Sheets of debris from an exploded star swirl in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) galaxy in this Hubble Space Telescope image. At a distance of about 180,000 light-years, the LMC galaxy is a relatively close neighbor of the Milky Way. It can be spotted from the Earth's Southern Hemisphere without a telescope.