Milky Way

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It's the kind of thing that might scare you silly, but it really shouldn't.

Astronomers at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Virginia say our own Milky Way galaxy is apparently gobbling up a neighboring galaxy. They describe it as galactic cannibalism.

Not a problem for Earth, but it could mean a new address for anybody who might happen to live in the dwarf galaxy Sagittarius.

Study co-author Martin Weinberg of U-Mass says the absorption has probably been going on for hundreds of millions of years. He says the dwarf has probably been whittled down to the point where it won't be able to hold together much longer.