Magellanic cloud


Magellanic cloud
/ˌmædʒəlænɪk ˈklaʊd/ (say .majuhlanik 'klowd)

noun
either of two bright cloud-like patches of stars in the southern heavens, being the two galaxies closest to our own, at distances of 150 000 and 173 000 light years.
{from Ferdinand Magellan1}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Magellanic cloud — Mag el*lan ic cloud, n. (Astron.) Either of two conspicuous celestial nebul[ae] near the south celestial pole, resembling thin white clouds, each of which is a galaxy[2] smaller than but separate from the Milky Way galaxy, and together they are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Magellanic Cloud — n. [after F. MAGELLAN1 Ferdinand] Astron. either of two irregular galaxies visible to the naked eye in the S constellations Dorado, Mensa, and Tucana: the larger one is the closest external galaxy to the Milky Way and the smaller one is the… …   English World dictionary

  • Magellanic cloud — Astron. either of two irregular galactic clusters in the southern heavens that are the nearest independent star system to the Milky Way. [1675 85] * * * Either of two irregular companion galaxies of the Milky Way Galaxy, named for Ferdinand… …   Universalium

  • Magellanic Cloud — n. each of two galaxies visible in the southern sky. Etymology: F. Magellan, Port. explorer d. 1521 * * * noun either of two small galaxies orbiting the Milky Way; visible near the south celestial pole • Instance Hypernyms: ↑galaxy,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Magellanic cloud — Mag′ellan′ic cloud′ n. astron. either of two small galaxies in the S skies: nearest independent star systems to the Milky Way • Etymology: 1675–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • Magellanic Cloud — noun Etymology: Ferdinand Magellan Date: circa 1686 either of the two small galaxies that appear as conspicuous patches of light near the south celestial pole and are companions to the Milky Way galaxy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Magellanic Cloud — noun Either of two irregular galaxies that are close companions of our Milky Way galaxy …   Wiktionary

  • Large Magellanic Cloud — The Large Magellanic Cloud Observation data (J2000 epoch) Constellation Dorado/Mensa …   Wikipedia

  • Small Magellanic Cloud — Small Magellanic Cloud. Source: Digitized Sky Survey 2 Observation data (J2000 epoch) …   Wikipedia

  • The Magellanic Cloud —   Author(s) Stanisław Lem Original title Obłok Magell …   Wikipedia


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