Magellanic cloud

Magellanic cloud

noun Astronomy.
either of two irregular galactic clusters in the southern heavens that are the nearest independent star system to the Milky Way.

Origin:
1675–85

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Magellanic Cloud (ˌmæɡɪˈlænɪk)
 
n
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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