Magellanic Bridge


Coordinates: Sky map 3h 11m 0s, −73° 30′ 0″

The Magellanic Bridge (MBR)[1] is a stream of neutral hydrogen that links the two Magellanic Clouds,[2] with a few known stars inside it.[3][4] It should not be confused with the Magellanic Stream, which links the Magellanic Clouds to the Milky Way. It was discovered in 1963 by J. V. Hindman et al.[5]

Magellanic Bridge
Interstellar cloud
H I region
Bridge of stars ESA22359297.gif
Stars being pulled from the SMC, heading towards the LMC, as seen by Gaia.
Observation data: J2000.0 epoch
Right ascension03h 11m
See also: Lists of nebulae

There is a continuous stream of stars throughout the Bridge linking the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) with the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC). This stellar bridge is of greater concentration in the western part. There are two major density clumps, one near the SMC, the other midway between the galaxies, referred to as the OGLE Island.[1]


  1. ^ a b SpaceDaily, "Polish astronomers spot young Stellar Bridge in the Magellanic Clouds", 28 November 2014
  2. ^ Putman, M. E. (2013). "The Magellanic System's Interactive Formations". Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia. 17: 1–5. Bibcode:2000PASA...17....1P. doi:10.1071/AS00001.
  3. ^ Lehner, N. (2001). "FUSE Observations of the Magellanic Bridge". Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. 33: 1408. Bibcode:2001AAS...199.6506L.
  4. ^ Lehner, N. (2002). "Far‐Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer Observations of the Magellanic Bridge Gas toward Two Early‐Type Stars: Molecules, Physical Conditions, and Relative Abundances". The Astrophysical Journal. 578 (1): 126–143. arXiv:astro-ph/0206250. Bibcode:2002ApJ...578..126L. doi:10.1086/342349. S2CID 118633204.
  5. ^ Harris, Jason (2007). "The Magellanic Bridge: The Nearest Purely Tidal Stellar Population". The Astrophysical Journal. 658 (1): 345–357. arXiv:astro-ph/0612107. Bibcode:2007ApJ...658..345H. doi:10.1086/511816. S2CID 12948593.

External linksEdit

  • SIMBAD, "Magellanic Bridge" (accessed 12 April 2010)