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.

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Origin of Magellanic cloud

First recorded in 1675–85
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British Dictionary definitions for Magellanic cloud

Magellanic Cloud
/ (ˌmæɡɪˈlænɪk) /

noun

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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