n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - A misty cloud on our doorstep : deepsky delights

Volume 70, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



The explorer Amerigo Vespucci noted the Clouds as early as 1503, but it was Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer, who documented the Magellanic Clouds in the 16th century and named them after himself in his report. Imagine for a moment the amazement and wonder such a sight would have produced in those early seafarers.

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