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There's a Tiny Strange Galaxy Orbiting The Milky Way And No One Knows How It Got There

Milky WayA galaxy in nearby space called Segue 1 is quite the oddity. It's very small, and very faint, it hangs out very close to the Milky Way, and no one knows quite where it came from.

But now astronomers have accurately measured its movement for the first time, which has finally offered some clues.

So what, exactly, is Segue 1? Well, in the last decade or so, our telescope technology had grown powerful enough to spot a small new class of galaxy. They are very compact, occupying the space somewhere between a globular cluster and a dwarf galaxy.

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