Titanic wave of star-forming gases found in Milky Way

 

January 8, 2020



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers have discovered a titanic wave of star-forming gases practically right under our noses in the Milky Way.

Harvard University scientists reported Tuesday that this massive structure has been hiding out in the Milky Way galaxy's spiral arm closest to Earth.

The researchers were building a 3-D map of our galaxy's interstellar matter, using a star census gathered by Europe's Gaia spacecraft when they spotted the wave-shaped structure.

It's an astounding 50 quadrillion miles (85 quadrillion kilometers) long and it's home to tens of thousands of baby st...



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