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NASA Picture of the Day: NGC 346: Star Forming Cluster in the SMC
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Are stars still forming in the Milky Way's satellite galaxies? Found among the Small Magellanic Cloud's (SMC's) clusters and nebulas, NGC 346 is a star forming region about 200 light-years across, pictured here in the center of a Hubble Space Telescope image. A satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is a wonder of the southern sky, a mere 210,000 light-years distant in the constellation of the Toucan (Tucana). Exploring NGC 346, astronomers have identified a population of embryonic stars strung along the dark, intersecting dust lanes visible here on the right.
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Asteroid Flybys Over the next 7 Days
NameDateMin Dia. (m)Max Dia. (m)Rel. Velocity (mph)Miss Distance (miles)
69230 Hermes (1937 UB)2nd Dec840187928,20124,321,382
508774 (1999 JE1)2nd Dec29165147,38538,606,056
(2016 OP5)3rd Dec18341132,58611,886,032
(2020 WD5)3rd Dec11024768,0734,050,412
484402 (2007 XH16)6th Dec31971451,56437,813,626
(2010 XA68)7th Dec11024767,23915,532,886
(2020 WT2)8th Dec16336536,22513,099,867
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