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.]
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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.
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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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Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- After slowly forming stars for the first few billion years of their lives, the Magellanic Clouds, near neighbors of our own Milky Way galaxy, have upped their game and are now forming new stars at a fast clip.
A few months back, scientists reported Milky Way was being fed by an arching arm of gas from the Magellanic Clouds - a pair of dwarf galaxies that orbit each other as well as our own galactic neighborhood.
A MAGNETIC FIELD appears to span the space between the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two largest dwarf galaxies being consumed by the Milky Way.
The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are the nearest galaxies to our own Milky Way, each hundreds of thousands of light years away.
The 59 talks and 55 poster papers explore such topics as mass loss and variability in evolved stars, imaging radio photospheres with the Jansky Very Large Array, thermohaline mixing and isotope ratios in AGB stars, photometric properties of carbon stars in the Small Magellanic Clouds, and spectroscopy surface brightness fluctuations: amplifying bright stars in unresolved stellar populations.
He suggests that these galaxies are traveling with the Magellanic clouds as part of a group that will eventually be gobbled up by the Milky Way.
At Radcliffe, Tom took a long series of Newtonian plates of fields in the Magellanic Clouds, the Baade Clear Windows near the Galactic Centre and globular clusters.
For the first time, astronomers have detected stars in an enormous stream of gas shed by the Magellanic Clouds, the two brightest galaxies that orbit our own, Science Daily reported.
Geha said that the galaxies are comparable in size to the Magellanic Clouds, dwarf satellite galaxies of the Milky Way, asserting that previously, such galaxies were thought to be too small to have such massive black holes.
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.
But within the Local Group, the movements of the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds - bright dwarf galaxies visible from the Southern Hemisphere that are hotbeds of star turnover, including a supernova that made headlines in 1987 - make them appear more like party crashers hanging around for a beer or two and kicking things up a notch.