New Milky Way Maps May Solve Stardust Mystery

August 15, 2014 5:07 PM

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Astronomers have created some astonishing new maps of the dusty material between the stars of our Milky Way galaxy. The findings may just bring researchers one step closer to cracking a stardust puzzle that has stumped scientists for nearly a century.

The maps focus on the interstellar medium, the material that can be found within the vast expanse between star systems within a galaxy. This material includes dust and gas composed of atoms and molecules that are left behind when a star dies. This dust can also form the basis of the building blocks ...

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