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Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy

The irregular dwarf galaxy is about to be swallowed by our Milky Way. Thereby it gets stretched into a long band, winding around our home galaxy.

Constellation: Canis Major
Distance: 42 000 light-years
Number of Stars: 1 billion
Type: Irr

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    Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy
The trace of the Dwarf Galaxy around our Milky Way (which isn't shown).
Photo: R. Ibata (Strasbourg Observatory, ULP) et al., 2MASS, NASA

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