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The Milky Way’s Stolen Stars

Astronomers say some of the galaxy’s most distant stars were actually whisked away from a passing mini-galaxy.
Source: NASA / Reuters

The force of gravity can be described using a number of metaphors: It’s the glue that holds solar systems and galaxies together, the anchor that keeps us on the ground, the slingshot that sends spacecraft deeper

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