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A tiny galaxy almost collided with the Milky Way and astronomers can see the effects

A galactic near-miss.
galaxy drawing

An artists' impression of velocities of stars in the Milky Way getting tugged.

Our galaxy’s history was a lot more turbulent than previously thought. In a new paper published in Nature this week, astronomers found that hundreds of millions of years ago, the Milky Way experienced a near collision that churned the motions of millions of stars within its disk.

From our since the galaxy was born.

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