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(Celestial Objects) either of two small irregular galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud (Nubecula Major) and the Small Magellanic Cloud (Nubecula Minor), lying near the S celestial pole; they are probably satellites of the Galaxy. Distances: 163 000 light years (Large), 196 000 light years (Small)
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either of two small galaxies in the S skies: nearest independent star systems to the Milky Way.
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|Noun||1.||Magellanic Cloud - either of two small galaxies orbiting the Milky Way; visible near the south celestial pole|
Large Magellanic Cloud - the larger of the two Magellanic Clouds visible from the southern hemisphere
Small Magellanic Cloud - the smaller of the two Magellanic Clouds visible from the southern hemisphere
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