Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC)
The SMC contains fewer clusters and nebulae than does the LMC, and relatively more gas and dust. However, like the LMC, it seems to have experienced one burst of star formation early in its history followed by a second much more recently. The SMC is important historically as the location in which Henrietta Leavitt discovered the period-luminosity relation of Cepheid variables.
Archived newsHubble finds infant stars in neighboring galaxy (Jan 18, 2005)
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