A newly published research notes that the Milky Way stole several dwarf galaxies from the neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) galaxy, together with the Carina and Fornax, as part of a merger between the two that’s still ongoing.
Even Frank Abagnale, Jr. could be suspicious of this thievery.
The LMC is 158,200 light-years from Earth and contains roughly 30 billion stars.
The analysis is based on new information coming from the Gaia space telescope and located that “at least 4 ultrafaint dwarfs and 2 classical dwarfs” used as a part of the LMC, based on a statement announcing the findings.
The cosmic swipes happened within the recent past, cosmically speaking, approximately 1 billion years ago. By comparison, the whole universe is widely accepted to be 13.8 billion years old.
Unlike spiral galaxies, like our Milky Way, dwarf galaxies are small and only have a little variety of stars, beginning from a few thousand to some billion. The Milky Way is expected to contain anywhere between 100 billion and 400 billion stars.
The LMC, including other galaxies like it, hosts a large number of dwarf galaxies, many of which only contain dark matter, making them interesting to astronomers.
John added that it is hard to know how many dwarf galaxies are hosted by the LMC, and extra could also be found with additional research.
“Small galaxies are hard to measure, and some already-recognized ultrafaint dwarf galaxies may be related to the LMC,” he continued. “It is also possible that we are going to discover new ultrafaints that are related to LMC.”