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ESA/Hubble heic1314: Hubble finds source of Magellanic Stream — Astronomers explore origin of gas ribbon wrapped around our galaxy. Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have solved the 40-year-old mystery of the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around the Milky Way. New Hubble observations reveal that most of this stream ...

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8 August 2013

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have solved the 40-year-old mystery of the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around the Milky Way. New Hubble observations reveal that most of this stream was stripped from the Small Magellanic Cloud some two billion years ago, with a smaller portion originating more recently from its larger neighbour.

The release, images and videos are available on:
http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1314/

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8 August 2013

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