Milky Way Strips Away Star-Forming Gas from Nearby Dwarf Galaxies

October 16, 2014 11:52 AM

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It turns out that our Milky Way Galaxy may be stripping away star-forming materials. Astronomers have taken a look at our closest galactic neighbors, the dwarf spheroidal galaxies, and have found that they're devoid of star-forming gas--and our Milky Way may be to blame.

The Milky Way Galaxy is the largest member of a compact clutch of galaxies that are bound together by gravity. The smallest galaxies in this cluster are the relatively nearby dwarf spheroidals, which may actually be leftover building blocks of galaxy formation. Further out are a number of similarly ...

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