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It turns out our galaxy isn’t as special as we thought

It's just plane confusing.

Powerful, influential figures exert a irresistible pull, gathering an entourage around them. It's a pattern that repeats on celestial levels. Our planet has the moon, but also a host of other artificial satellites that we’ve used to boost Earth’s follower count. The sun has planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. But neither can compare to galaxies like our Milky Way, which not only hosts hundreds of billions of stars but also has additional satellites, entire dwarf galaxies that chill in our galaxy’s neighborhood.

Astrophysicists used to think that the Milky Way’s followers were a little strange,

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