Astronomers create most detailed map of Milky Way

Astronomers create most detailed map of Milky Way

A team of Australian and German scientists claimed to have created the most sensitive and detailed map of our galaxy, the Milky Way, to date.

Using the world’s largest and most powerful radio telescopes, astronomers involved in the HI4PI project, a combination of Australian and German surveys, mapped all of the hydrogen gas in and around our galaxy.

It may be noted here that hydrogen is the most abundant element in space as well as it is the main component of stars and galaxies. The new map of the gas aims to provide an unprecedentedly detailed view of the Milky Way.

Prof. McClure-Griffiths said her research group at the Australian National University (ANU) was using the map to answer the questions about our galaxy as well as neighboring galaxies.

Speaking on the topic, she said, “How does the Milky Way get the new gas it requires to continue forming stars? And where are all of the small dwarf galaxies that must surround our Milky Way? The next steps will be exciting.”

The International Center for Radio Astronomy Research’s Lister Staveley-Smith said the new, detailed map provides researchers with a much more coherent view of the sky, enabling a better understanding of the Milky Way.


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