Poor Sagittarius, doomed to be a galactic meal to a ravenous neighbor with a less than scary name. Seems the Milky Way galaxy is chowing down on neighboring galaxy, Sagittarius in yet another example of the violent galaxy-eat-galaxy universe we live in.
Scientists have offered documentary proof of continuing cosmic cannibalism: our Milky Way galaxy is gobbling up its galactic neighbor, Sagittarius. Astronomers have mapped the Sagittarius galaxy to show in detail how its debris wraps around and passes through the Milky Way, which contains Earth.
On its way to oblivion, the dwarf Sagittarius—which is about 10,000 times smaller in mass than Milky Way—is getting stretched, torn apart and ultimately eaten, University of Virginia and the University of Massachusetts scientists reported. The study will be published in the Dec. 20 issue of the Astrophysical Journal.
The act of cannibalism had been obscured by stars and cosmic dust, but was revealed when astronomers looked for infrared radiation coming from stars known as M giants, which are common in Sagittarius but rare in the outer reaches of the Milky Way. By focusing on these stars, the scientists said they were able to capture the totality of the Milky Way’s meal, in a vision that makes it appear that our galaxy is slurping Sagittarius’ stars as if they composed a stellar strand of spaghetti.
Buuurrrppp! Considering some of the stars that make up the constellation Sagittarius are in this neighboring galaxy it’s only a matter of time before the constellation is torn apart. I wonder what that will mean for all the Astrologers out there who use the constellations to predict people’s futures…