Large and Small Magellanic Clouds

ALMA antennae in red light, onthe background are the southern Milky Way

LARGE MAGELLANIC CLOUD Named after the explorer, and Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan, whose crew discovered these companion galaxies to the Milky Way during the first voyage worldwide (1519–22). It is called the Large Magellanic Cloud or LMC for short.It is not a cloud but a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way that … Read more