Magellanic Clouds

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Magellanic Clouds
young stars in nebula NGC 346 within the Small Magellanic Cloud; photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2005

Mag·el·lan·ic Clouds

 (măj′ə-lăn′ĭk)
pl.n.
Two small, irregularly shaped galaxies that are the galaxies closest to the Milky Way and are faintly visible near the south celestial pole.

[After Ferdinand Magellan.]

Mag·el·lan·ic Clouds

(măj′ə-lăn′ĭk)
Two small, irregularly shaped galaxies that are the galaxies closest to the Milky Way. They are faintly visible near the south celestial pole.

Magellanic Clouds

Two Milky Way satellite galaxies visible to the human eye in the southern hemisphere and found by Europeans during the first circumnavigation of the world (1519–22).
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Go from the heart of the Milky Way, to the clouds of Magellan, sailing by the sun and the planets of our Solar System," remarked Philippe Lopes Pinto, CEO & co-founder of Stargazers.
The two Clouds of Magellan are low down but can still be enjoyed.
Good news is that the moon is getting bigger and it has just set, the skies have cleared slightly and above me I can see the constellations of Orion, the Southern Cross and arcing across the sky right above the mast is the milky way, with just near it, the faint outline of the Clouds of Magellan.