Magellanic CloudsMag·el·lan·ic Clouds
Two small, irregularly shaped galaxies that are the galaxies closest to the Milky Way and are faintly visible near the south celestial pole.
Origin of Magellanic CloudsAfter Ferdinand Magellan.
young stars in nebula NGC 346 within the Small Magellanic Cloud; photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2005
- (astronomy) collectively, the pair of galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud and Small Magellanic Cloud; also sometimes includes the Magellanic Bridge and Magellanic Stream.
- plural form of Magellanic Cloud