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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Two small, irregularly shaped galaxies that are the galaxies closest to the Milky Way and are faintly visible near the south celestial pole.

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  • proper n. collectively, the pair of galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud and Small Magellanic Cloud; also sometimes includes the Magellanic Bridge and Magellanic Stream.
  • n. Plural form of Magellanic Cloud.


After Ferdinand Magellan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • It shows that you have come from the direction of what we call the Magellanic Clouds.

    Objective: Bajor

  • They are known as the Magellanic Clouds, having been called after the navigator Magellan.

    The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'

  • In fact these "clouds" are billions of stars enveloped in a blanket of gaseous substance which today are known as the Magellanic Clouds, huge markers in the world's southern skies, named after one of the world's greatest explorers.

    Stabroek News

  • Objects of wider appeal also appear, including the Milky Way, nearby satellite galaxies called the Magellanic Clouds, and the neighboring spiral galaxies M31 and M33.

    Space News From SpaceDaily.Com

  • It has been known for absolute ages; from high velocity stars, the anomalies in the galactic rotation, the shape of the Milky Way, the interactions of the Magellanic Clouds, and even the Milky Way's own collection of dwarf galaxies, etc. – that other dwarf galaxies have been consumed.

    Alien Star Clusters Are Invading the Milky Way | Universe Today

  • For most southern sky observers, the Magellanic Clouds and the Southern Cross are circumpolar, slowly spinning around the southern celestial pole each night without ever setting.

    The View from Down Under | Universe Today

  • It is difficult to describe the story without revealing much, but suffice it to say that the story involves the earth being pulled out of its existence in an alternate Cuban missile crisis and lain flat on a giant disc in the Magellanic Clouds.

    Missile Gap

  • The Magellanic Clouds were visible as hazy smudges.

    Riding Rockets

  • Assuming it had taken an energy-conserving course, the computers estimated that it must have come from one of the Magellanic Clouds.

    Objective: Bajor

  • There was no way that the First Hive astronomers could have picked out an individual world from the distance of the Magellanic Clouds.

    Objective: Bajor


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