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Some Galaxies in the Local GroupThe two closest galaxies to the Milky Way are called the Magellanic Clouds, which may be viewed as satellite galaxies to the Milky Way at a distance of a little less than 200,000 light years.
They are only visible in the Southern Hemisphere, but can easily be seen by
the naked-eye and their brightest stars can be seen with binoculars. They are
irregular galaxies and are much smaller than the Milky Way.
The other galaxy of the local group that is visible to the naked eye is the spiral M33 in Triangulum at a distance comparable to that of Andromeda. It too is a spiral galaxy, but it is smaller than Andromeda and therefore is harder to see.
Some Other Nearby Groups of GalaxiesSome other nearby groups of galaxies are listed in the following table. All told, there are about 20 small groups of galaxies lying nearer to us than the Virgo rich cluster.