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]
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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