[ASC-media] Media Alert: Magellanic Clouds duo may have been a trio

Pete Wheeler pete.wheeler at uwa.edu.au
Mon Sep 17 14:42:48 PDT 2018


Two of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way—the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds—may have had a third companion, astronomers believe.

Research published today describes how another “luminous” galaxy was likely engulfed by the Large Magellanic Cloud some three to five billion years ago.

‘‘Formation of a counter-rotating stellar population in the Large Magellanic Cloud: a Magellanic triplet system?’ was published in The Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society on September 18th, 2018.

The full media release and research paper are attached, and supporting imagery and a simulation is available via www.icrar.org/clouds<http://www.icrar.org/clouds>

Thank you, and have a great day!

Pete Wheeler
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