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(Big Think)   Did the Milky Way form primarily through slow accumulation or fast, major mergers?   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Milky Way, Milky Way galaxy, initial star cluster, globular clusters, Galaxy, modern Milky Way, large collection of neutral matter, Globular cluster  
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364 clicks; posted to STEM » on 02 Dec 2021 at 4:18 PM (25 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2021-12-02 5:16:39 PM  
2 votes:
It formed from chocolate, nougat, and caramel.
2021-12-02 4:21:56 PM  
1 vote:
The Milky Way formed when Hera breastfed Hercules.

/check it out!
//teach the controversy
2021-12-02 11:57:27 PM  
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RedVentrue: Explodo: It's odd to say that galactic mergers didn't bring much (percentage-wise) to the galaxy when you can't really tell.  When we merge with Andromeda we will be the minor partner and we have no way of really knowing if that has been the case in the past.

Sol system bobs up and down in the galactic plane. I'd think that makes it likely we were absorbed into the Milky Way at some point. Goddam our galaxy needs a real name.

Additionally, what if two galaxies that have very similar orbital planes merge?   That'd be harder to detect.
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