Illuminating the Magellanic Clouds

The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, luminous in the night sky of the Southern Hemisphere, are celestial bodies shrouded in mystery, but recent observations have revealed some startling facts about them. These two galaxies, which were long thought to be satellite galaxies of the Milky Way, are survivors of galaxies formed in the early stages of the Universe. They are now, by chance, passing close to our own galaxy. Huge numbers of stars are being formed within these two galaxies. Research into the Magellanic Clouds, which will in time pass far away from us, may provide us with clues to the understanding how galaxies have been evolving since the beginning of the Universe. This program closely follows frontline research that has revealed these and other surprising facts about the Magellanic Clouds.