The LMC Superbubbles

5th Jan 2019

n44_gemini_960 - CopyIn a galaxy teeming with spectacular objects, each so magnificent and cosmically grand, arguably the most spectacular are its superbubbles. And there are an astounding sixteen superbubbles in the Large Magellanic Cloud for us to observe! Albeit a couple of them are extremely faint and difficult and offer not much in the way of an observation, most of them not only offer visual observers an unbeatable smorgasbord of delights, but also the incredible opportunity see the striking visual portrait of the sequence of events that carve out these glorious cosmic superbubbles and drive their evolution forward.

Indeed, the Cloud’s superbubbles are so spectacular that they ought to come with a warning… don’t go there, you won’t want to come back!

One certainly appreciates the Large Magellanic Cloud’s low extinction, close distance, and face-on geometry when it comes to observing its superbubbles – and with the Cloud back for a summer’s observing, I set off back in October on a superbubble expedition and will post the links to the observations on this page as I write them up.


Here is a map of the LMC’s superbubbles:


A map of the Cloud's fabulous collection of superbubbles. The superb photo was taken by Karl Henize in the 1950s.

A map of the Cloud’s fabulous collection of superbubbles. The superb photo was taken by Karl Henize in the 1950s.


Hubble N11N11 – A Magnificent Superbubble

A superbubble located in the Large Magellanic Cloud about 160,000 light years from Earth.N186 – A Threadbare Superbubble

N70 Nebula in the Large Magellanic CloudN70 – An Ethereal Superbubble

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N51 – The Sextant and its Two Superbubbles




Stellar Effervescence on Display



N185 – A “remise en bouche” Superbubble







N44 – The Quintessential Superbubble




NGC 206 DSS colour



N206 – An Elegant Superbubble




N144 image



N144 – A Starry Superbubble







N158 – A Celestial Geode







N57 – The Odd Couple






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