• The new dwarfs are a billion times dimmer than the Milky Way and a million times less massive, the Cambridge researchers who discovered them report.
  • They were found near the Large and Small Magellanic Cloud, which are the two biggest dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way. The closest of these nine newly found objects is less than 100,000 light years away, but the most distant is more than 1 million light years off.
  • The Cambridge team is actually only certain that three of the objects are indeed dwarf galaxies. The rest might be globular clusters, which are groups of stars not held together by dark matter like galaxies are. Instead, globular clusters of stars are kept in place by the gravity of a galaxy they orbit.

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