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Galaxies, Stars and Nebulae series The tip of the "wing" of the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy is dazzling in this new view from NASA's Great Observatories. The Small Magellanic Cloud, or SMC, is a small galaxy about 200,000 light-years way that orbits our own Milky Way spiral galaxy. Many navigators, including Ferdinand Magellan who lends his name to the SMC, used it to help find their way across the oceans.
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Image credit: NASA/CXC/JPL-Caltech/STScI
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