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Small Magellanic Cloud

(SMC)
(dwarf galaxy in the Local Group)

The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is an galaxy in the Local Group about 200,000 light-years away, apparently orbiting the Milky Way (though this depends upon determination of their velocity relative to each other, which is a measurement subject to improvement). It has a diameter of about 7,000 light-years and has hundreds of millions or billions of stars.

Characteristics:

Both Magellanic clouds were formerly considered irregular, but is now classified as a type of spiral galaxy.


(galaxy,Local Group)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Magellanic_Cloud
RedshiftParsecs
/Distance
Lightyears
/Lookback Years
  
~0100kpc200klySmall Magellanic Cloud
Coordinates:SMC
J005244.8-724943

Referenced by pages:
Catalog of Azzopardi & Vigneau (AzV)
DeGaS-MC
dwarf galaxy
Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)
Local Group (LG)
MACHO Project
Magellanic Catalogue of Stars (MACS)
Magellanic clouds (MC)
Milky Way subgroup
NGC 346
OGLE
Radcliffe Observatory Magellanic Clouds Catalogue (RMC)
SAGE
satellite galaxy

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