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Small galaxies that contain up to several billion stars. They are often defined as galaxies that have an absolute visible magnitude fainter than -18. For comparison, our Milky Way galaxy contains up to 400 billion stars with an absolute magnitude of -21.

The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, which are satellite galaxies of the Milky Way are dwarf galaxies.

Large and Small Magellanic Clouds over ESO's Paranal Observatory (credit:- ESO)

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