How the Milky Way stole an enormous gas halo from our dwarf neighbors

How the Magellanic Stream might look like above Reef Beach, Bremer Bay in Western Australia if we could see in UV and x-ray. Credit: Scott Lucchini &Colin Legg.

There is a huge halo of gas circling our Galaxy with the mass of a billion Suns.

Stripped from the two dwarf Magellanic galaxies that orbit the Milky Way, the enormous stream of gas spreads over more than a quarter of the southern night sky.

Yet it is only now that astronomers can explain why the Magellanic Stream persists and is as massive as it is.

The researchers publish their findings in the journal Nature.

Over billions of years, the Milky Way has captured smaller galaxies in its orbit and the two largest are known as the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds.

Easily visible to the naked eye in the Southern Hemisphere, they are home to billions of stars and circle each

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Mystery Gas Shooting Out of Center of Milky Way Like Bullets

Astronomers have stumbled across a mystery at the heart of the Milky Way: A dense, cold gas shooting out of the region “like bullets.”

Researchers aren’t sure what the source of the gas is or how it’s being propelled so fast. They have previously observed flows of hot gas, but not cold gas which is harder to move due to it being heavier. The flow of cold gas could possibly be due to the supermassive black hole in the area or perhaps due to cosmic winds related to star formation.

“This is the first time something like this has been observed in our galaxy,” lead author Dr. Enrico Di Teodoro from Johns Hopkins University said in a statement. “We see these kind of processes happening in other galaxies. But, with external galaxies you get much more massive black holes, star formation activity is higher, it makes it easier for the

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Merced protest turns tense after opposite groups face-off near gas station

A Wednesday night protest in central Merced at the intersection of West Olive Avenue and R Street took a tense turn after two groups exchanged words in the area of the Chevron gas station.

Police said no injuries were reported and no arrests were made during the face-off between the opposing groups.

The local protest was one of a handful that have been held in reaction to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. He died May 25 in police custody after an officer pinned Floyd to the ground with a knee to the back of his neck. The incident was captured on video. There have been protests and demonstrations nationwide and globally.

Efforts by the Sun-Star to reach the owners of the Chevron on Thursday were unsuccessful.

Police stood to separate groups

A flier for Wednesday’s protest had a collage in the shape of a fist, containing the faces

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