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A Cannibal Galaxy

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    URL to an article in MSNBC _http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18963316/_ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18963316/) Our galaxy may be a cannibal. And I thought Iraq
    Message 1 of 1 , May 31, 2007
      URL to an article in MSNBC

      Our galaxy may be a cannibal. And I thought Iraq was a dangerous place.

      First few paragraphs
      Streams of stars show cannibal galaxy
      Researchers say our galaxy may be a dangerous place for passersby

      Three new streams of stars were discovered ringing the Milky Way. The two
      closest streams are thought to be star clusters, while the huge arcing stream
      is thought to be a dwarf galaxy.

      By Jeanna Bryner
      Staff Writer

      Updated: 12:21 p.m. CT May 31, 2007

      HONOLULU - Newly discovered stellar streams that arc around _our galaxy_
      (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18963316/#) might be the remnants of cannibalized
      star clusters and galaxies, scientists announced Thursday.
      The stellar streams findings, described by the _California Institute of
      Technology's_ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18963316/#) Carl Grillmair here at a
      meeting of the American Astronomical Society, reveal our galaxy can be a
      dangerous place for passersby.
      Stellar streams are thought to form over billions of years as our galaxy's
      gravity slowly tears apart globular clusters and even _dwarf galaxies_
      (http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/070115_mm_hobbit_galaxies.html) . The stars,
      which were once packed tightly together, are now separated by light-years,
      trailing one another as they jet at high speeds through the galactic halo.

      Grillmair and his colleagues analyzed data from the Sloan Digital Sky
      Survey, comparing the colors and luminosities of stars and grouping similar stars
      Two of the discovered _streams_
      ht+to+be+star+clusters+while+the+huge+arcing+stream+is+) are about 13,000
      light-years from Earth and are likely the remains of ancient globular
      clusters, spherical collections of hundreds of thousands of old _stars_
      (http://www.space.com/stars/) . Astronomers have identified only about 150 globular
      clusters orbiting the _Milky Way_
      (http://www.space.com/php/multimedia/imagegallery/igviewer.php?imgid=3880&gid=281) , though they think thousands may have
      existed in the past. "

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