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Magellanic Clouds

Star Performers: The Magellanic Clouds
Image: NASA & ESA

Star Performers: The Magellanic Clouds

Residents of the Southern Hemisphere are treated to a nighttime view of the Magellanic Clouds. These two irregular dwarf galaxies, which orbit our Milky Way galaxy, appear as diffuse shapes.

Discover the many secrets of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, named for the Portuguese explorer who viewed them on his early 16th-century voyage in the Pacific.

Scientific American
Neighbor Galaxy Caught Stealing Stars

Neighbor Galaxy Caught Stealing Stars

Has the large Magellanic Cloud been pinching stars that don’t belong to it? And what about the victim galaxy? Discover the clues that led scientists to this conclusion. More...

Article
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Ferdinand Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan

In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan set sail on a voyage around the world. Some sights he encountered — including the Magellanic Clouds — were named for him. View the history of this voyage. More...

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Bio
Interview with Astronaut Don Pettit

Interview with Astronaut Don Pettit

One of the most well-known photos of the Large Magellanic Cloud was taken by astronaut Don Pettit during his time on the International Space Station. Get his take on the whole astronaut experience. More...

Profile
PhysicsCentral
Large Magellanic Cloud

Large Magellanic Cloud

Take a video tour into the heart of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy about 1/3 as wide as the Milky Way, courtesy of the Spitzer Space Telescope. More...

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JPL/NASA
Magellanic Clouds

Magellanic Clouds

Galaxies close to other, larger galaxies usually lose a lot of their star power to the larger galaxy. This isn’t true for the Magellanic Clouds. Scientists now have a good idea why this is so. More...

Article
National Geographic
Multiwavelength Large Magellanic Cloud

Multiwavelength Large Magellanic Cloud

Prepare to be amazed: Explore these views of the Large Magellanic Cloud captured with multiple wavelengths of light, X-rays, and radio waves. More...

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Cool Cosmos
Multiwavelength Small Magellanic Cloud

Multiwavelength Small Magellanic Cloud

It may be called the Small Magellanic Cloud, but it’s every bit as impressive as its larger companion, as shown in this gallery of multiwavelength photos. More...

Images
Cool Cosmos
The Magellanic Clouds

The Magellanic Clouds

The nearby Magellanic Clouds offer scientists a laboratory in which to study the evolution of stars. What have they learned from these neighbors? More...

Article
University of Alabama
Trading Cards

Trading Cards

Can you sort these galaxies by their shapes? Drag each picture to the corresponding shape. If the frame glows, you’re correct! More...

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NASA/STScI

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