September 26th, 2003



"Our Milky Way galaxy (center/blue) is gobbling up its galactic neighbor, Sagittarius, (red trail, from left to right) and on September 24, 2003, scientists offered documentary proof of this continuing cosmic cannibalism. On its way to oblivion, the dwarf Sagittarius -- which is about 10,000 times the mass of the Milky Way -- is getting stretched, torn apart and ultimately eaten, scientists at the University of Virginia and the University of Massachusetts reported."