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ESO press release – a pretty picture from “my” survey


The survey is not mine, it really belongs to Maria Rosa Cioni and the entire team that worked on it. Maria Rosa is the person who came up with the idea to study the star formation history of the Magellanic clouds (two nearby galaxies: Large Magellanic Cloud, a.k.a. LMC – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Magellanic_Cloud and Small Magellanic Cloud, a.k.a. SMC – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Magellanic_Cloud) with multi-epoch multi-band imaging observations. She organized the team to do this, and I was lucky to join in. You can learn more about the survey here: http://star.herts.ac.uk/~mcioni/vmc/

This project turned out to be very important, especially for the SMC, because despite being a relatively minor galaxy (e.g. with respect to our own Milky Way), it is extended along the line of sight and it contains a lot of dust which makes it difficult to investigate the content and the structure of the SMC. Our survey has the advantage over previous surveys to observe in the near-infrared spectral region which is less affected by dust absorption than the optical.

The ESO press release with some nice images (for a zoomable version go to: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1714a/zoomable/) and a video is available here: http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1714/

Enjoy!

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