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Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

The Far Side of the Milky Way

12 Oct 2017, 12:05 UTC
The Far Side of the Milky Way

Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF; Robert Hurt, NASA

Astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have directly measured the distance to a star-forming region on the opposite side of our Milky Way Galaxy from the Sun, using the Very Long Baseline Array. Their achievement reaches deep into the Milky Way’s terra incognita and nearly doubles the previous record for distance measurement within our Galaxy.

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