Large Magellanic Cloud


Definition of Large Magellanic Cloud

: the larger of a small cluster of galaxies that is located 200,000 light-years away from the Milky Way and is visible within 25 degrees of the south celestial pole The Large Magellanic Cloud, a small satellite galaxy to our own Milky Way, is known to be poor in metals compared with the Milky Way and other galaxies, so any star that condensed in it would likely be deficient in metals, and that could make it blue.— Dietrick E. Thomsen

called also Magellanic Cloud

First Known Use of Large Magellanic Cloud

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Large Magellanic Cloud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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