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Irregular Galaxy in Tucana
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Roughly a quarter of a million light years from the Solar System, well outside our own
galaxy, lies one of its two 'companions', the Small Magellanic Cloud.
The Small Magellanic Cloud has been deformed over the ages, but some semblance of its original spiral shape can still be glimpsed. The bright orb of stars in the far west of this image is 47 Tucanae, a globular cluster about fourteen thousand light years from the Sun, but this still places it in the near foreground by comparison with the distant Magellanic Cloud beyond. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas
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