Hodge, Paul Department of Astronomy, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Last reviewed:December 2019
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Two small, irregular galaxies that are close companions of the Milky Way Galaxy. Both are nearby galaxies that are located in the southern sky, not far from the south celestial pole (Figs. 1 and 2). When viewed without a telescope, they resemble small sections of the Milky Way that might have drifted away from the main arc of that soft, glowing belt of light. On a very dark, clear night the Magellanic Clouds can also be mistaken for small atmospheric clouds because of their diffuse appearance. See also: Milky Way Galaxy
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