Story: Night sky

Large and Small Magellanic Clouds

Large and Small Magellanic Clouds

The two smudgy areas in the southern night sky are not clouds, but companion galaxies of the Milky Way. They contain thousands of stars, star clusters and nebulae, all bound together by gravitational forces.

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How to cite this page:

John Field and Maggy Wassilieff, 'Night sky - Galaxies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7925/large-and-small-magellanic-clouds (accessed 26 October 2021)

Story by John Field and Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006