Giant ‘Star Nursery’ Region Found in the Milky Way Galaxy

Giant ‘Star Nursery’ Region Found in the Milky Way Galaxy

Astronomers have found a huge region in our system, made up of many interconnected “nurseries” where stars are born. The long, thin filament of gas is an incredible 9,000 light-years long and 400 light-years wide. It lies around 500 light-years from our Sun, which is moderately close by is astronomic distances.

The discovery, illustrated in the Journal Nature, originated from work to assemble another map of the Milky Way.

An international team analyzed data from the European Gaia space telescope, which was propelled in 2013. The monolithic structure has been named the Radcliffe Wave, with respect to Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Gaia was propelled with the aim of precisely measuring the position, distance, and motion of stars in our cosmic system.

Team members utilized data from the European Space Agency telescope, alongside different measurements, to build a detailed, 3D map of the interstellar matter in the Milky Way.

The outcomes correct a previous view of this area of the Milky Way.

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