Milky Way Galaxy Cannibalizes Sagittarius

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  1. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    I don't know much about space exploration or the nature of the solar systems for that matter, but this is really interesting stuff.

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  2. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    I was reading this earlier. I think the best part about it was that we didn't even know about the Sagittarius Galaxy until 1994.....great stuff.

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  3. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    Remember people:
    It just becomes part of the Milky Way Galaxy Now, it is not really *eaten*.

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  4. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    And Astrophysicist DrMacman now?

    Current theory of galactic composition has a black hole (massive blackhole) at the center of each - so if the two collided, a significant number of stars and such would have been *eaten* by both blackholes and they probably merged to form one big one......

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  5. eyelikeart thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    hmm...it's almost past the point of comprehension to imagine these things...

    and yeah...it's nuts that it's less than 10 years that we've known about Sagittarius...
     
  6. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    well, it wasn't until we could look at the sky in infrared that it was visible. Pretty cool stuff...they also mention that small galaxies like this are what built up the bigger ones to begin with. And that there 's evidence (strands of stars and such) that show that many have been gobbled up in the distant past....

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