Virgo Stellar Stream, a strange name for a galaxy compared to The Draco Galaxy, Andromeda Galaxy and The Milky Way Galaxy; for it doesn't have the word galaxy in it's name. Nonetheless, Virgo Stellar Stream is still a galaxy. Also known as Virgo Overdensity, Virgo Stellar Stream is a dwarf spheroidal galaxy who, like The Andromeda Galaxy, will merge with our galaxy, The Milky Way; and in fact is in the process of merging with The Milky Way Galaxy. Located inside The Virgo Constellation, Virgo Stellar Stream was discovered in 2005 with suggestions of it's existence coming as early as 2001.
The Virgo Stellar Stream has a radius of 30 Kilo Light Years and is 30,000 Light Years from our Home World, Earth. The Virgo Stellar Stream was discovered by The Sloan Digital Sky Survey from Photometric data. The Virgo Stellar Stream gets int's name from The Fact that it is inside the Virgo Constellation and that it is a stream of stars. The Virgo Stellar Stream has a few hundred thousand stars within its boundaries. The reason for the low amount of stars, compared to other galaxies, is because a lot of the stars are star clusters.
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