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Galaxy Large Magellanic Cloud

This irregular galaxy, abbreviated LMC, is a companion of our Milky Way. Its most luminous stars are S Doradus and Melnick 42.

Constellation: Dorado
Distance: 179 000 light-years
Visual magnitude: 0.9
Number of Stars: 10 billion
Diameter: 5 000 light-years
Type: Irr-I

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