Small Magellanic Cloud


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Small Magellanic Cloud:

see Magellanic CloudsMagellanic Clouds
, two dwarf galaxies located in the far southern sky and visible to the unaided eye; they are classified as irregular because they show no definite symmetry or nucleus.
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Small Magellanic Cloud

(maj-ĕ-lan -ik) (SMC; Nubecula Minor) See Magellanic Clouds.

Small Magellanic Cloud

[′smȯl ¦maj·ə¦lan·ik ′klau̇d]
(astronomy)
The smaller of the two star clouds near the south celestial pole; it is about 170,000 light-years away and contains a wide assortment of giant and variable stars, star clusters, and nebulae. Also known as Nubecula Minor.
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Studies of the Small Magellanic Cloud therefore offer a glimpse into the different types of environments in which stars form.
Visible to the naked eye, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are two of the Milky Way's closest companion galaxies.
The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are the nearest galaxies to our Milky Way, each hundreds of thousands of light years away.
It trails behind our galaxy's two small companion galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds.
The proof comes from a lacy filament of gas, mostly hydrogen, called the Magellanic Stream and this trails behind our galaxy's two small companion galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds.
GALAXIES IN UV LIGHT: New surveys conducted by NASA's Swift provide the most detailed overviews ever captured in ultraviolet light of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two closest major galaxies to our own.
They found galaxies that have two satellites that are as bright and close by as the Milky Way's two closest satellites, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, are rare.
It is common for us as star-lovers always to be looking up at the starry skies and absorbing the wonder of them, but they always warrant a deeper look--and especially now, during the southern summer months, when the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds can be seen suspended against the night sky.
CHICAGO (CyHAN)- New surveys conducted by NASA's Swift provide the most detailed overviews ever captured in ultraviolet light of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two closest major galaxies to our own.
However, scientists believe that perhaps the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy was once a part of a binary galactic system, similar to the present day Large and Small Magellanic Clouds.

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