Astronomers Find 9,000-Light-Year-Long Wave-Shaped Structure in Milky Way
Using data from ESA’s Gaia star-mapping spacecraft, a team of astronomers from Austria and the United States has discovered a wave-shaped arrangement of dense gas in our own neighborhood of the Milky Way.
The newly-discovered structure — named ‘Radcliffe Wave’ in honor of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study — is about 9,000 light-years long and 400 light-years wide.
It contains about three million solar masses of gas and comprises the majority of nearby star-forming regions.
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