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12th of October 2015
Peeking into our galaxy's stellar nursery
by Erik Muller (National Astronomy Observatory, Japan)
From the Press Release: Led by University of Florida astronomer Peter Barnes and Erik Muller at the National Astronomy Observatory of Japan, a team of international researchers has just released the most comprehensive images anyone has ever seen of the Milky Way's cold interstellar gas clouds where new stars and solar systems are being born. - The complexity of the images was made possible because of the telescope used for the study, the Mopra radio telescope located in Australia. The mapping survey itself is called "ThrUMMS," which stands for the Three-mm Ultimate Mopra Milky Way Survey. The interstellar clouds that this survey targeted are so cold that they are made up molecules of hydrogen, rather than much warmer clouds where the hydrogen may be atomic or ionized.


Image credit: Shown above is the target field taken with the Colombia telescpoe (Dame et al. 2000) with ~1 degree resolution. ThrUMMS achieves a resolution of 72".

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