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Scientists spot signs of ‘fossil galaxy’ lurking in the heart of the Milky Way – CNET

Say hello to Heracles, a previously hidden galaxy that likely smooshed into the Milky Way billions of years ago.

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This image shows the Milky Way seen from Earth. The reddish rings highlight where the stars of Heracles linger within our galaxy.
Danny Horta-Darrington (Liverpool John Moores University), ESA/Gaia, and the SDSS
Our very own Milky Way galaxy had a dramatic childhood. Astronomers have unveiled a new chapter in its memoir with the discovery of a likely “fossil galaxy” hidden near its heart.
The proposed fossil galaxy is named Heracles for the Greek hero. It probably tangled with the Milky Way around…

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