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A strange ménage à trois

The two Magellanic Clouds may have joined our Milky Way quite recently. It turns out that this trio of galaxies is remarkably unlike most other galaxy systems — both in the luminosity of the clouds and in their proximity to the Milky Way.

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Figure 1: The Large Magellanic Cloud.



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van den Bergh, S. A strange ménage à trois. Nature 468, 901–902 (2010).

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