Dark energy survey spots new neighbors

The Dark Energy Survey's (DES’) ultra–high-powered digital camera has snapped pictures that reveal eight more celestial bodies faintly glowing near our galaxy, Astronomy Magazine reports. Scientists suspect that these distant bodies are dwarf satellite galaxies, small galaxies that orbit bigger ones like the Milky Way. This year alone, the Dark Energy Camera has detected 17 dwarf satellite candidate galaxies. DES scientists say the powerful camera allows us a clearer image of galaxies that, in the past, were too faint to see, suggesting we may have more celestial neighbors than we thought.

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