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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:53 PM

Mapping the Milky Way: Radio Telescopes Give Clues to Structure, History


National Radio Astronomy Observatory said:

Astronomers have discovered hundreds of previously-unknown sites of massive star formation in the Milky Way, including the most distant such objects yet found in our home Galaxy. Ongoing studies of these objects promise to give crucial clues about the structure and history of the Milky Way.

The scientists found regions where massive young stars or clusters of such stars are forming. These regions, which astronomers call HII (H-two) regions, serve as markers of the Galaxy's structure, including its spiral arms and central bar.

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