Astronomers Map Galactic Clouds Where Stars are Born

September 12, 2013 7:08 AM

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Giant gas clouds swirl in our galaxy, birthing new stars over millions of years. Now, astronomers have begun to map the location of these massive and mysterious objects, revealing a bit more about how they function.

In order to examine these clouds, the researchers employed a telescope, called the 22 meter Mopra millimeter wave telescope, at Coonabarabran in Australia. With it, they identified galactic clouds of molecular gas, which can be up to 100 light-years across, from the carbon monoxide that they contain...

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