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.
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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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Visible to the naked eye, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are two of the Milky Way's closest companion galaxies.
The Small Magellanic Cloud has formed in part through its interactions with the Milky Way and with what ANU calls its "companion," a larger dwarf galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud.
The nova - which was formed when a dying star erupted back to life - was discovered in one of our neighboring galaxies called the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC).
Washington, October 30 ( ANI ): Astronomers have accused the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) - one of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way - of stealing stars from its neighbour, the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC).
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The implication is that these galaxies have amounts of dust similar to that in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC).
SWAS will also observe some gas-rich regions beyond the Milky Way, including its nearest neighbors, the Large and Small Magellanic Cloud galaxies.
The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is one of the closest galaxy neighbors the Milky Way has, and is a part of the Local Group.
In a recent survey of stars in the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds, Emily Levesque (University of Colorado, Boulder) and colleagues identified a TZO candidate in the Small Magellanic Cloud by its unique chemical properties, the team reports in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
The star-birthing frenzy in 30 Doradus may be fuelled partly by its close proximity to its companion galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud.
The Small Magellanic Cloud (not shown) lies about 22[degrees] away and is roughly 4[degrees] wide.
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.

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