CM – Look: Astronomers discover 3,000 light-years long “splinters” in the spiral arm of the Milky Way


A group of young stars and star-forming gas clouds were found protruding from the Sagittarius arm of the Milky Way.

“Most models of the Milky Way suggest that the Sagittarius arm is a spiral with an incline of about 12 degrees but the structure we examined really stands out at an angle of almost 60 degrees, ”said lead author of the study, Michael Kuhn.

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope discovered the structure in conjunction with data from the Gaia mission the European Space Agency.


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