Welcome to the home page of the Magellanic Cloud Emission-line Survey (MCELS)!
MCELS is a survey of two of our nearest neighboring galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. We are doing the survey in the bright emission of Hydrogen (Halpha 6563), Sulfur ([S II] 6724), and Oxygen ([O III] 5007) from the interstellar gas of these two galaxies to study the properties, kinematics, and dynamics of the "violent" interstellar medium.
Although we're just getting started on the project (and these pages), you can already see some
samples of the utility as well as the beauty of emission-line imaging which we will be bringing
to the astronomical community and the public in general.
Our Emission-line Image Gallery displays
a selection of black-and-white, false color, and three-color images of
various nebluae of the Magellanic Clouds we've recently imaged.
The MC Planetary Nebula page has
catalogs of previously identified PNe (planetary nebulae) and
candidates. As we identify more PNe, we will add them to the
The MC SNRs page has
catalogs of previously identified supernova remnants (SNRs), as well as
news about newly identified SNRs and candidates!
As we identify more remnants, we will add them to the catalogs.
Here we hope to soon have a database of Henize names and DEM
names, along with images from the preliminary reductions of the first of the MCELS data!
The Emission-line Image Database will
eventually allow you to call up emission-line images of any region of
the Magellanic Clouds, as well as which fields we have observed and what the
current reduction status is.
The MCELS is funded in part through the support of the McLaughlin
Fellowship (for C. Smith), a bequest from the family of Dr. Dean
B. McLaughlin in memory of his lasting impact on astronomy. Funding is
also provided through the NSF.
This Web page is maintained by
Chris Smith of the
Department of Astronomy at the
University of Michigan. Please send comments, suggestions, or reports of
any problems to
Last update: Saturday, February 1, 1997