Milky Way melded with smaller galaxy in long-ago cosmic crash

The merger of the Milky Way progenitor galaxy and the dwarf galaxy Gaia-Enceladus roughly 10 billion years ago (L) and the current appearance of the Milky Way galaxy (R) are shown in this artist's conception released by Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias in La Laguna, Spain on July 22, 2019. Courtesy Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias/Handout via REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 24, 2019, on page 11.




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