Long ago before telescopes were available, many people looked at this cosmic object and assumed it was a bright star. Little did they know it was actually a nebula full of exploding stars and new solar systems at the edge of a small, near by galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Resting about 200,000 light-years away from our own Milky Way galaxy are two smaller galaxies teaming with millions of stars. They are the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds and can only be seen in the Southern Hemisphere as the trail beside the Milky Way. Now astronomers have the best most detailed ultraviolet light surveys ever thanks to NASA's Swift satellite.