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This is the smaller, fainter, and more distant of two irregularly shaped small galaxies accompanying our own. To the naked eye, it looks like a cut off part of the Milky Way. The cluster to its bottom right is NGC 104. It has been proposed by astrophysicists D. S. Mathewson, V. L. Ford and N. Visvanathan that the SMC may in fact be split in two, with a smaller section of this galaxy behind the main part of the SMC (as seen from our perspective), and separated by about 30,000 ly. They suggest the reason for this is due to a past interaction with the LMC splitting the SMC, and that the two sections are still moving apart. They have dubbed this smaller remnant the Mini Magellanic Cloud.