Visible to the naked eye, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds
are two of the Milky Way's closest companion galaxies.
Scientists believe that the Small Magellanic Cloud
, located roughly 200,000 light-years from Earth, contains many such glowing hydrogen nebulae, and that studying these can help better understand the birth and evolution of stars in galaxies.
The star-birthing frenzy in 30 Doradus may be fuelled partly by its close proximity to its companion galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud
Astronomers have observed young stars in the low-density outskirts of nearby galaxies, including a satellite of the Milky Way known as the Small Magellanic Cloud
The official boundaries stretch all the way from the celestial equator about 1 1/2 hours west of Orion's Belt down to declination -58[degrees], not far from the Small Magellanic Cloud
The stars they looked at are in the Small Magellanic Cloud
, a dwarf galaxy that's one of the Milky Way's nearest neighbors.
Nearby Galaxies "The nearest external galaxies, according to Mount Wilson and Harvard estimates, are, in order of increasing distance, the Large Magellanic Cloud, the Small Magellanic Cloud
, the Magellanic type system N.
Washington, January 6 (ANI): NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an action-packed picture of the nearby Small Magellanic Cloud
, a small galaxy that looks like a wispy cloud when seen from Earth.
I checked my star chart, pointed the binoculars in the right general direction, and there was the Small Magellanic Cloud
, appearing as a cigar-shaped glow with the globular cluster 47 Tucanae right next door.
3 (SNR 0104 for short), is in the Small Magellanic Cloud
, a small neighboring galaxy to the Milky Way, and was found by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Foremost among them is the Small Magellanic Cloud
(SMC), which is easily visible to the unaided eye.
For example, the NGC objects lead off with the Small Magellanic Cloud
(NGC 292) and Andromeda Galaxy (NGC 224), followed by a seemingly random list of others.