Astronomers just spotted ancient stars lurking at the edges of our galaxy


Mike Wehner

  • Astronomers have discovered some truly ancient stars hanging around the edges of the Milky Way galaxy.
  • The scientists believe the stars are all that remains of an ancient system that was torn apart by our own galaxy long ago.
  • The stars are so old that they may be the last of their kind.

The Milky Way galaxy is pretty chill. Compared to some of the galaxies that astronomers have observed, our home galaxy is relatively "calm," for lack of a better term. It's not slamming into another galaxy or chewing through blobs of dust and gas. It's just kind of hanging out and doing its thing... or at least that's the case right now. In the past, however, researchers now have evidence that the Milky Way was a bit of a bully.

As a new study in Nature explains, a whole bunch of ancient stars was just discovered hanging out at the fringe of our galaxy, and scientists believe it's the leftover remains of a collection of stars that was shredded by the Milky Way a long, long time ago.

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