More from the AAS Meeting: A study using Hubble Space Telescope data has shown that the large and small Magellanic Clouds are moving twice as fast in relation to our galaxy as previously thought. Reesearchers took snapshots two years apart to measure their velocity against distant quasars. The Large Magellanic Cloud (left) is moving at 378 km/sec and the Small Magellanic Cloud (right) at 302 km/sec. This may indicate that our Milky Way is more massive than thought, similiar to how we discovered that "dark" mass exists. It could also indicate that the clouds are not gravitationally bound to the Milky Way.
This image is from Chile's Cerro Tololo Observatory. The clouds are only visible from Southern latitudes, so they were not discovered by Europenas until the time of Magellan. The Southern Sky holds many fascinating mysteries.