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Magellanic Clouds

The Large Magellanic Cloud and Small Magellanic Cloud are companion galaxies of the Milky Way. They are visible only from the southern hemisphere. They appear to be gravitationally bound to the Milky Way, so that they orbit it. Each is less than 200,000 light-years away, making them some of our closest known galactic neighbors.

Radio Programs

Local Group II The Milky Way’s galactic entourage January 10, 2017

Tarantula Nebula Making stars by the basketful July 5, 2016

Large Magellanic Cloud Fireworks in a companion galaxy July 4, 2016

Magellanic Collision New stars from a galactic collision July 14, 2014

Magellanic Clouds A new view of two close neighbors July 13, 2014

Megastars “Megastars” in a nearby galaxy July 8, 2013

Galactic Thief A case of galactic thievery June 14, 2013

Satellite Galaxies Satellite galaxies for the Milky Way March 19, 2012

Supernova 1987A, III A picture-perfect stellar explosion February 22, 2012

Supernova 1987A, II Hunting for an elusive neutron star February 21, 2012

Supernova 1987A Blasting a giant star to bits February 20, 2012

Featured Images

Hubble Space Telescope view of NGC 248 in the Small Magellanic Cloud

Bright Gas December 22, 2016

R136, a massive star cluster in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Biggest of the Big July 6, 2016

A star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Busy Nursery June 18, 2016

Magellanic clouds above the ALMA radio telescope array

Cloudy Neighbors July 14, 2014

View of the 30 Doradus star cluster and the massive binary system R144

Megastars July 9, 2013

A supernova remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Double Suicide? April 9, 2012

Space-based infrared view of the Large Magellanic Cloud

Busy Neighbor March 20, 2012

Hubble Space Telescope images of the aftermath of Supernova 1987A

Wave of Destruction February 23, 2012

Hubble Space Telescope image of the aftermath of Supernova 1987A

Stellar Ghost February 21, 2012

Visible and X-ray image of a supernova remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Holiday Decoration December 16, 2010

A multi-spectral view of a supernova remnant in the Small Magellanic Cloud

Life from Death September 17, 2010

The remains of a supernova explosion form complex loops and filaments in this co

Colorful Aftermath May 27, 2010