Small Magellanic Cloud
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Small Magellanic Cloud

March 31, 2003
Atlas Image mosaic, covering 3.33° × 3.33° on the sky of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC). The SMC is a dwarf irregular galaxy which, along with the neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), is a satellite of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Both the LMC and SMC are much smaller in size and mass than our Galaxy. The SMC, at about 60 kpc, is somewhat farther from us than the LMC. 2001 Dec 5-18

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