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Accretion of the Magellanic system onto the Galaxy

Nichols, Matthew; Colless, James; Colless, Matthew; Bland-Hawthorn, Joss

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Our Galaxy is surrounded by a large family of dwarf galaxies of which the most massive are the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC and SMC). Recent evidence suggests that systems with the mass of the Local Group accrete galaxies in smaller groups rather than individually. If so, at least some of the Galaxy's dwarfs may have fallen in with the LMC and SMC, and were formed as part of the Magellanic system in the nearby universe. We use the latest measurements of the proper motions of the LMC...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/78938
Source: Astrophysical Journal, The
DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/742/2/110

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