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The Milky Way is about to completely obliterate a neighbouring galaxy


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The Milky Way is about to completely obliterate a neighbouring galaxy

Space 18 June 2020 By Leah Crane The Milky Way and surrounding dwarf galaxies Lynette Cook/Science Photo LibraryOne of our neighbouring galaxies is dying, and it is the Milky Way’s fault. Our galaxy is nearly done ripping the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy to shreds, according to a series of simulations of the pair’s epic dance. The…

The Milky Way is about to completely obliterate a neighbouring galaxy


Space



18 June 2020

By Leah Crane

The Milky Way and surrounding dwarf galaxies

The Milky Way and surrounding dwarf galaxies

Lynette Cook/Science Photo Library

One of our neighbouring galaxies is dying, and it is the Milky Way’s fault. Our galaxy is nearly done ripping the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy to shreds, according to a series of simulations of the pair’s epic dance.

The Sagittarius dwarf galaxy is one of the Milky Way’s satellites, and its orbit around the Milky Way has been slowly closing in over billions of years. Eugene Vasiliev and Vasily Belokurov at the University of Cambridge used data from the Gaia satellite to figure out which stars in …

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