Next, you will be shown a series of images with their explanatory texts. Please respond to the three questions shown after each set of images. To see more details in an image, you may enlarge the thumbnail by clicking on it.

NGC 602

This is one of our closest galactic neighbors. Even though it is a small galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is so bright that it is visible to the unaided eye from the Southern Hemisphere and near the equator. Many navigators, including Ferdinand Magellan who lends his name to the SMC, used it to help find their way across the oceans.  This is a view of the “Wing” region of the SMC made with data from three different telescopes: NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope, and Spitzer Space Telescope.  Because it is so close and bright, the SMC is an excellent target for astronomers to learn about phenomena that are difficult to examine in more distant galaxies.


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Which image best conveys the science explained in the text?