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Milky Way feasts on its neighbors

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1:08pm, October 4, 2002

When it comes to dining, the Milky Way prefers to eat in.

Three new studies reveal that Earth's home galaxy indulged in cannibalism to assemble its halo, the diffuse distribution of stars that surrounds the dense core and disk of the Milky Way.

One team of astronomers recently analyzed a selection of blue, luminous stars recorded by the fledgling Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a cosmic census that over the next 5 years will map 200 million celestial objects. The researchers expected to see a uniform distribution of material swaddling the Milky

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