Earth from Sagittarius Dwarf, not Milky Way?

Purportedly, "new" evidence from the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) project suggests our solar system may actually be from the Sagittarius Dwarf galaxy, and that this is the cause of Earth's global warming.

... the astronomers are answering questions that have baffled scientists for decades and proving that our own Milky Way is consuming one of its neighbors in a dramatic display of ongoing galactic cannibalism. The study published in the Astrophysical Journal, is the first to map the full extent of the Sagittarius galaxy and show in visually vivid detail how its debris wraps around and passes through our Milky Way. Sagittarius ... is getting stretched out, torn apart and gobbled up by the bigger Milky Way.

The Viewzone article then goes on to state:

It has been postulated that this is the real reason for both global warming since higher energy levels of the Milky Way are almost certain to cause our Sun to burn hotter and emit higher energies. Indeed, temperatures have been seen to rise on virtually all the planets in our system. This seems quite apart from any local phenomenon like greenhouse gases etc.

Which echoes another article from June 26th, 2007:

...as the Sun and its attendant satellites, including Earth, get consumed by the Milky Way, the higher energy levels in this much larger galaxy will cause the Sun to burn hotter, and to emit higher energy. This, scientists say, is one reason temperatures have been rising steadily in all plants in our solar system.

Both articles, however, are based on a press release issued by 2MASS back in September of 2003, and the published Astrophysical Journal article (entitled "A Two Micron All Sky Survey View of the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy") makes no mention of Earth or our solar system "actually belong[ing] to" the Sagittarius Dwarf galaxy. The closest we get is that "Majewski and his colleagues [are] surprised by the Earth's proximity to a portion of the Sagittarius debris."

Are the assertions that we're from another galaxy random postulations or merely "supporting evidence" for galactic warming?

There has been a decent amount written about galactic warming, including evidence of global warming on Neptune's largest moon ("Triton [seems] to have heated up significantly since the Voyager space probe visited it in 1989."), Pluto (where "atmospheric pressure has tripled ... indicating a stark temperature rise"), Mars (the Mars Odyssey orbiter "has spotted seasonal changes like the advance and retreat of polar ice"), and Jupiter (which may be "in the midst of a global change that can modify temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit").

On the other hand, does The Accidental Weblog have it right?

It's since spread from there, of course, the way bullshit generally does. One Dan Eden of 'Viewzone' ... another woo-infested site, apparently, though I'm not clear on whether they're affiliated with CureZone -- has now done a story on it. His story was every bit as weirdly credulous as was Perkins Erwin's... and ends in a similarly long, fun, new agey cloud of incomprehensible fog about energy levels and so on...

Bad Astronomy spends a fair bit of time debunking the claim that our solar system is from Sagittarius Dwarf:

I talked to Steve Majewski, the lead author on the horribly maligned scientific paper about the Sagittarius Dwarf galaxy. He thanks me for saving him the trouble of having to debunk the claim himself. :-) He has updated his original page about all this with a disclaimer saying the Viewzone article is wrong, too.

Said disclaimer:

DO NOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE WEB!

IF YOU ARE A JOURNALIST, PLEASE FOLLOW TRADITIONAL JOURNALISTIC STANDARDS AND DO PROPER SOURCE AND FACT CHECKING! (IF OTHER SUPPOSEDLY RELIABLE NEWS AGENCIES HAD SUBSCRIBED TO THESE BASIC PRINCIPLES, YOU PROBABLY WOULD NOT BE WASTING TIME RIGHT NOW CHASING DOWN THIS ILLEGITIMATE NEWS STORY!)

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The story is probably true- the Milky Way ate Sag Dwarf and somehow for some astronomical reason, warming is occuring. The reason 'people' are trying to debunk the original is because the governments of the world do not want people to know that it is likely that another mass extinction is about to happen. If people thought they were going to die soon, all hell would break loose and they wouldn't be able to enjoy all the money, land, power, etc. they've taken from the people for so long, because now everyone will take it back in the face of annhilation. :-)

I completely agree with you on this one. I am an amateur astronomer and I can assure you that what you have said makes complete sense. Several calendars of antiquity relate to this. Check the Mayan, Aztec, Chinese, and other literature regarding the end of times. Some things that we have no control of are about to happen to us as a planet, not just humanity. All we can do is pray and hope that whatever happen we are going to be ok. I am not interested in giving facts, because I always read science articles, press releases and books, and that is what most people should be doing if they really care about this planet. It is now that I am finding the same results through old mythologies. Apparently they new something that we forgot.
Good luck to all.

if this is happening i would suspect that we can see it in the night sky on our planets not directly with a inferred telescope cause of earth radiant heat but other signs on jupitor mars Saturn or even Uranus

any want to post some current photos like 1-3 years old and some new 1s like less then 3 months old or even a time line of photos

but if we don't see any big changes with in the last 20- 30 years then this might be hogwash

but i would suspect the big changes to be noticeable just b4 the sh** hits the fan

im gonna for some photos but if we have a cover up then i wont find the most up to date photos or the old 1s will be no longer available

if this is true lets hope our governments have some friends in verry HIGH places cause a planetary evacuation is in order

First of all the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy is not being torn apart, at least not to any significant degree, it will be in the future, but as of right now it is actually very structurally stable. Now, the Canis Major dwarf galaxy is being ripped apart and is leaving a stream gasses orbiting the Milky Way.

Second, the energy levels in the Milky Way are higher than any of the neighboring galaxies, but the Sun's energy comes from a chemical chain reaction within it's core, and being moved to a new location with higher background radiation isn't going to change the concentration rate of the reaction. If the Earth was originally part of the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy (or any neighboring galaxy for that matter) than the time it would take to move from there to where it is currently, I would say a long enough time to where the Earth would have warmed before human society came into existance.

Now as to the claim that the Earth was once part of the Sagittarius Dwarf galaxy, well that one is actually possible... I don't believe it, but it is possible, though the chance is small.

Wake Up! The Milky Way is going to explode and the government is covering it up. Higher energy levels and quantum fluctualtions were the cause of 9/11. Global warming is coming from the center of the galaxy, as it heats up, burning the matter of the sagitarius galaxy. The only hope is Islam!

Dude, you're a legend... please get this guy a drink on my account... hahahaha... hahaahhahaaa.... Dude... I won't even waste time trying to explain you anything...

Can anyone say when its gonna happen

My god, will I never get away from this ridiculously false article about the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy being earth's place of origin. Im assuming its based on the viewzone article (can we call it an article even?). The fact that these "we are sagitarians" stupid-zones come up so high on google speaks to the level of bunk on the Internet and the alarming number of idiots inking up our gene pool. Embarassing. This is like saying beyond the ocean surrounding Spain there lie monsters. Therefore the world be flat. Infuriating. Because I can't do serious research onsagitarius without having to wade trough it all over and over and over. Jeezus go to church or something, people. Watch Fox News or whatever lazy stupid mistaken Americans watch nowadays. And leave the astronomy to those of us who can digest scientific facts without jumping to bizarre mistaken new-agey conclusions and repeating them as fact

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