Twelve for dinner: the Milky Way’s feeding habits shine a light on dark matter

Shredded stellar remains offer insight into our galaxy’s growth.

An artist's depiction of the Milky Way galaxy, surrounded by glowing stellar streams.
Artist’s representation of our Milky Way Galaxy surrounded by dozens of stellar streams. These streams were the companion satellite galaxies or globular clusters that are now being torn apart by our Galaxy’s gravity. (Credit: James Josephides and S5 Collaboration)