Small Magellanic Cloud
(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.
Both Magellanic clouds were formerly considered irregular,
but is now classified as a type of spiral galaxy.
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Referenced by pages:
Catalog of Azzopardi & Vigneau (AzV)
Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)
Local Group (LG)
Magellanic Catalogue of Stars (MACS)
Magellanic clouds (MC)
Milky Way subgroup
Radcliffe Observatory Magellanic Clouds Catalogue (RMC)