"Cosmic dandruff" media release
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The Magellanic Clouds and the Magellanic Stream
Simulation of the Gas Clouds
A simulation of the gas in, and streaming from, the Magellanic Clouds satellite galaxies of the Milky Way. When seen with a radio telescope on Earth, the long tidal streams of gas stretch from horizon to horizon.
Simulation by Daisuke Kawata, Chris Fluke, Sarah Maddison and Brad Gibson, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. The simulation uses 56,000 gas, stellar, and dark matter particles to represent the Magellanic System.