Getting to know the neighbours: The Magellanic Clouds

Presented by ANU College of Science

The Magellanic Clouds are nearby galaxies visible with the naked eye from the Southern Hemisphere.

As so-called "dwarf” galaxies, the Magellanic Clouds are dragged about through their interaction with our much more massive galaxy, the Milky Way.

As they are dragged around they leave a messy trail of gas behind them telling us where they’ve been and even a bit about where they will go.

Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths of the ANU will describe how radio telescopes like the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) are helping us understand the past lives of the Magellanic Clouds and maybe even predict the future!

Suitable ages: 6-12+

But if you're older and interested, join anyway!

Timezone: Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne [AEDT]

[Image Credit: ESO/C. Malin]