The case of the off-center, levitating bar in the large magellanic cloud

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I explore the hypothesis that many of the unusual aspects of the apparent stellar bar of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) are the result of viewing a triaxial stellar bulge that is embedded in a highly obscuring thin disk. Specifically, this hypothesis explains the observed off-center position of the bar within the disk, the differing apparent distances of the bar and disk, the near alignment of the bar's major-axis position angle and the disk's line of nodes, and the asymmetric appearance of the bar itself. Indirectly, it may also play a role in explaining the microlensing rate toward the LMC and the recently observed large velocity dispersion of RR Lyrae stars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L37-L40
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 II
StatePublished - Oct 10 2004


  • Galaxies: Photometry
  • Galaxies: Stellar content
  • Magellanic clouds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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