Breaking Up Is Easy To Do

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Science  03 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5603, pp. 62
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5603.62

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Gravitational mayhem deep in the core of a globular cluster ejects its own stars (see main text) and whittles away its mass. Clusters are threatened from outside, too; our Milky Way snacks on them like finger foods. Over time, the galaxy can shred a compact cluster into ghostly streams of stars.