News of the WeekAstronomy

Surveys Spot Ring Around the Milky Way

Science  10 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5604, pp. 183
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5604.183a

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SEATTLE-- Two teams of astronomers have announced that our galaxy--like Saturn and a certain hobbit--possesses a grand ring of its own. The thick torus of stars, about twice as far from the center of the galaxy as our sun, probably arose after the Milky Way shredded a much smaller neighbor billions of years ago.