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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of two irregular galaxies that are close companions of our Milky Way galaxy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Either of two conspicuous celestial nebulæ near the south celestial pole, resembling thin white clouds, each of which is a galaxy{2} smaller than but separate from the Milky Way galaxy, and together they are the galactic formations nearest to our galaxy. They are not visible from the northern hemisphere, and are named after Ferdinand Magellan, who saw them in his expedition, which passed through the Strait of Magellan in South America, and one ship of which completed the first circumnavigation of the globe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. either of two small galaxies orbiting the Milky Way; visible near the south celestial pole


From Ferdinand Magellan Portuguese explorer (Wiktionary)


  • The star, called R136a1, was discovered in the Tarantula Nebula, left, a sprawling cloud of gas and dust in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy about 165,000 light-years away from our own Milky Way.

    The Biggest Star

  • Of course, it could be the Small Magellanic Cloud after Captain Riker and his crew on board the USS Titan finish destroying a large chunk of it without violating the Prime Directive.

    This Week's WITU Challenge | Universe Today

  • The finding "implies that massive star-forming regions are the main source of cosmic rays in the Large Magellanic Cloud," Knödlseder said.

    Wired Top Stories

  • Using the 50-inch Great Melbourne Telescope in Australia, the team observed 9 million stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud, the Milky Way's nearest galactic neighbor.

    A Heavenly Host

  • But right now, it's still stupid, having converted barely a percentage point of the mass of the solar system -- it's a mere Magellanic Cloud civilization, infantile and unsubtle and still perilously close to its carbon-chemistry roots.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • They were warlike and aggressive, and had conquered a large part of the … Magellanic Cloud.

    Objective: Bajor

  • Here, in this idyllic village, which the noble race that once inhabited this fair planet left behind them when they migrated to the Greater Magellanic Cloud, we have settled down to create a new and better Way of Life.

    The Servant Problem

  • The festive grouping sits in a turbulent star-birth region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite of our Milky Way galaxy.

    National Geographic News

  • Astronomers have long considered the possibility that these huge stars formed elsewhere and were then somehow sent off on a runaway course - something we've observed in our own galaxy - but the Large Magellanic Cloud was thought to be too far away for the velocity of the stars to be measured.

    "MAIN" via Steve in Google Reader

  • Nebula, a sprawling cloud of gas and dust in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy about

    Latest News


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