Huge extragalactic structure discovered ‘hidden’ behind the Milky Way


The structure could include more than 50 galaxies. (aRxiv)

Scientists have spotted what they describe as a “massive extragalactic structure” lurking behind our galaxy.

To make matters even more mysterious, it’s hidden behind the “Avoidance Zone” – a large, opaque bulge in the Milky Way.

The structure appears to be a large cluster of galaxies with up to 58 galaxies in the structure.

The pre-printed study has been uploaded to ArXiv.

According to researchers from Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and Universidad Andres Bello, it is described as “extragalactic” simply because it is outside our own path. milky.

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Space scientists have known for some time that there is a portion of the night sky that is largely obscured due to a bulge in the galaxy.

Known as the “Avoidance Zone”, it makes up around 10% of the dark sky and researchers are wondering what could be hiding behind it.

Because it offers so few resources to researchers, the area has not been very well studied; thus, little is known about what he might be hiding.

The researchers used a variety of tools to better understand what might be hidden in plain sight.

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Researchers in this new effort started by collating all the data that has been collected so far and added more using newly obtained information from the VVV survey.

The VVV survey is a project sponsored by an intergovernmental research organization called the European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere. It involves several state-of-the-art research facilities located across multiple sites.

The survey was involved in studying stars using infrared emissions rather than visible light.

These emissions are able to pass through the gas, dust and starlight in the bulge to the instruments installed here on Earth.

By studying infrared imagery, the researchers found they were able to identify several galaxies that exist far beyond the Milky Way.

Because of their numbers, the researchers believe that together they form what they describe as a massive extragalactic structure.

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