Magellanic Stream

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Term: Magellanic Stream

A thin trail of gas stretching from the Magellanic System toward our own Galaxy over about 150° on the sky, corresponding to hundreds of thousands of light-years. This gas consists primarily of neutral hydrogen and is thought to have originated from the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds as a result of tidal interactions with the Milky Way.

Created 2023.04.16
Last Modified 2023.04.16
Contributed by Ryan McGranaghan