In 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: