We can finally map the spiral arm on the far side of the galaxy

For the first time ever, astronomers have pinpointed the location of a luminous light source on the opposite side of the Milky Way Galaxy, far beyond the galactic center. The source ó a region of space where massive stars are being born ó is located in a distant spiral arm, one of the large tentacles of gas that swirl around the middle of our galaxy. Knowing its location has allowed astronomers to trace the arm as it wraps around the center of the Milky Way, telling us more about the structure of the galaxy we live in. Itís a significant discovery, since locating distant objects in our galaxy is an incredibly difficult process. The Milky Way is filled with interstellar dust that makes it nearly impossible to see any visible light coming... Continue reading…

We can finally map the spiral arm on the far side of the galaxy

Using a jet of radio waves, astronomers have begun to map the other side of the Milky Way. Within 10 years we could have a complete map of the entire galaxy

Thu 12 Oct 17 from Newscientist

Most distant Milky Way outpost mapped

Thu 12 Oct 17 from Science Now

VLBA measurement promises complete picture of Milky Way

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) have directly measured the distance to a star-forming region on the opposite side of our Milky Way Galaxy ...

Thu 12 Oct 17 from Phys.org

Astronomers take first steps toward mapping the Milky Way

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute in Bonn, Germany, measured a star-forming region in the Milky Way 66,000 light-years away, doubling the previous galactic distance measurement record. ...

Fri 13 Oct 17 from Daily Mail

Far,†Far Away! Glowing Object's Measurement Sets Milky Way Distance Record

Astronomers have directly measured a blazing-bright object on the opposite side of the Milky Way, almost doubling the record for the most distant object measured in our own galaxy.

Thu 12 Oct 17 from SPACE.com

Astronomers locate distant region of newly forming stars on the far side of the Milky Way

For the first time ever, astronomers have pinpointed the location of a luminous light source on the opposite side of the Milky Way Galaxy, far beyond the galactic center. The source ...

Thu 12 Oct 17 from The Verge

The first pixel of a galactic selfie

Astronomers have nearly doubled the previous record for a distance measurement within our galaxy, paving the way for a full galactic map.

Thu 12 Oct 17 from Astronomy.com

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