Galactic ghosts: Gaia uncovers major event in the formation of the Milky Way; Hubble reveals cosmic Bat Shadow in the Serpent's Tail

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MISSION NEWS AS OF WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER 2018
+ GALACTIC GHOSTS: GAIA UNCOVERS MAJOR EVENT IN THE FORMATION OF THE MILKY WAY
ESA's Gaia mission has made a major breakthrough in unravelling the formation history of the Milky Way. Instead of forming alone, our Galaxy merged with another large galaxy early in its life, around 10 billion years ago.
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+ HUBBLE REVEALS COSMIC BAT SHADOW IN THE SERPENT'S TAIL [HEIC1819]
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured part of the wondrous Serpens Nebula, lit up by the star HBC 672. This young star casts a striking shadow – nicknamed the Bat Shadow – on the nebula behind it, revealing telltale signs of its otherwise invisible protoplanetary disc.
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