Astronomers Discover Enormous Structure Warping Around Our Galaxy

Astronomers Discover Enormous Structure Warping Around Our Galaxy

New research indicates that a highly odd structure has been discovered in the outer parts of our Milky Way galaxy. 


The research, which has been published for publication in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, describes Cattail, a gas filament that "appears to be the furthest and biggest massive filament in the galaxy so far," according to a team of astronomers from Nanjing University.  

Astronomers have yet to determine the origin of this huge gas filament, although theory suggests that it is a previously undetected segment of a spiral arm. Alternately, Cattail might be part of a new arm, however, it is confusing because the structure does not completely follow the warp of the galactic disc.  

The discovery of this strange and massive gas filament will help astronomers better understand our galaxy but as of now Cattail remains a mystery to astronomers from several angles for example where did it initially came from and why is it so massive. 


Reference(s): Peer-Reviewed ResearchInterestingEngineering 

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