Small Magellanic Cloud and Acacia Tree

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Africa

Site: Samburu National Reserve - Kenya

Date: November 2013

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The Small Magellanic Cloud photographed from the equator in the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. In the foreground of this telephoto view is an acacia tree. The dwarf satellite galaxy is one of the Milky Way's satellite about 210,000 light-years away. To its right is the globular star cluster 47 Tucanae, a jewel of the southern sky, that contains millions of stars and located in the Milky Way halo at distance of 13,000 light years. Click on the constellation icon above the image to see a closer view of the galaxy and the tree. Babak Tafreshi,

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