Magellanic Bridge

Magellanic Bridge

Magellanic Bridge
Interstellar cloud
H I region
Observation data: J2000.0 epoch
Right ascension 03h 11m
Declination −77.5°

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]

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" (Free PDF download). Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia 17: 1.  
  3. ^ Lehner, Nicolas. "FUSE Observations of the Magellanic Bridge." (Abstract) American Astronomical Society, (199th AAS Meeting, #65.06); Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 33, p.1408.
  4. ^ Lehner, NNicolas "FUSE Observations of the Magellanic Bridge Gas toward Two Early-Type Stars: Molecules, Physical Conditions, and Relative Abundance." arXiv preprint astro-ph/0206250 (2002)
  5. ^ IOP Science, "The Magellanic Bridge: The Nearest Purely Tidal Stellar Population", Jason Harris, 2006 October 22, The Astrophysical Journal, 658:345-357, published 2007 March 20
  • SIMBAD, "Magellanic Bridge" (accessed 12 April 2010)