An artist's impression of eclipsing binaries (Image: ESO)
A photograph of the Large Magellanic Cloud showing the locations of the eight eclipsing binaries (Image: ESO)
After close to a decade of observations, astronomers have accurately determined the distance to our neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). The measurement, which calculates the distance at 163,000 light-years, was achieved by studying rare pairs of stars known as eclipsing binaries.
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