The Origin of the Magellanic Stream

  • Simon Wayte
Conference paper


New observations of the Magellanic Stream are used in a recent discrete ram-pressure theory which proposes that the signs of interaction in the Magellanic System point to a collision event some 2–4 × 108 years ago, and that the collisions between the inter-Cloud gas and a discrete halo produce the Magellanic Stream.




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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Wayte
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  1. 1.Mt. Stromlo and Siding Spring ObservatoriesCanberraAustralia

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