How many stars are there in the satellite galaxies of Milky way?

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Elise Share
Feb 9, 2018


Large Magellanic Cloud: 30 billion stars
Small Magellanic Cloud: 3 billion stars


Our galaxy, the Milky Way, has many satellite galaxies.

However, the only ones visible to the naked eye are the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC).

The LMC contains about 30 billion stars. The SMC approximately 3 billion.

Both galaxies contain less stars than the Milky Way. Our galaxy contains over 200 billion stars!

It is important to mention that the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are only visible from the southern hemisphere.

The LMC is found in the constellations Dorado and Mensa.
The SMC in the constellations Tucana and Hydrus.

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