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Cosmic Rays Are Starting to Tear Apart This Milky Way Satellite Galaxy | Live Science

Researchers recently released simulations of the Large Magellanic Cloud — a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way — and found that cosmic rays from a starburst event are starting to rip it apart.

Cosmic rays are tiny charged particles accelerated to nearly the speed of light through some of the most violent events in the universe. By themselves they’re not too awful, but in big enough numbers they can start to wreak havoc on entire galaxies.

A team of researchers recently released simulations of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) — a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way — and found that cosmic rays from a starburst event are starting to rip it apart. For now, thankfully, the LMC seems to be holding itself together.

Source: Cosmic Rays Are Starting to Tear Apart This Milky Way Satellite Galaxy | Live Science

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