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Giant galaxy caught tearing apart its little neighbour

New Scientist

January 5, 2016

New Scientist - If the Milky Way were ever indicted for gobbling dwarf galaxies, it would have a defence: other giant galaxies are doing the same thing.

Astronomers caught our galaxy tearing apart a dwarf galaxy in the constellation Sagittarius in 1994. The latest discovery is the first time a giant galaxy beyond the Local Group has been caught disrupting a dwarf spheroidal, whose stars will join the predator galaxy.

"It is similar to the Sagittarius dwarf," says Elisa Toloba of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, a member of the other team that discovered the galaxy.

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