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Putting the Magellanic Clouds on the map

The closest known supernova in centuries, SN 1987A, focused the public's attention on these little-known satellite galaxies.
Supernova 1987A
Supernova 1987A.
AURA/STScI/NASA
Humanity was always vaguely aware of the Magellanic Clouds' existence, but a 1987 supernova really shot them up to celebrity status.

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