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Losing stars to the Milky Way
- Title Losing stars to the Milky Way
- Released 08/02/2006 12:01 pm
- Copyright ESO
Artist's impression of the orbit of the globular cluster Messier 12 through the Milky Way galaxy. Due to gravitational disruption, this cluster continuously loses stars, in particular less massive ones.
This process is enhanced when it passes through the central plane in which most of the galaxy's stars and nebulae are located. The cluster emerges in a less dense state after such a passage. The stars that are lost move on in orbits similar to that of the cluster and populate the halo of the Milky Way.
- Id 213112