According to scientists, new galaxies hidden behind Milky Way were recently brought to light.
It was discovered that hundreds of galaxies just 260 million light years away from our planet had been hidden by Milky Way.
A team of researchers used the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) radio telescope to see unexplored areas in space. Lister Staveley-Smith, the main author of the study, explained the Great Attractor might be drawing towards it the Milky Way and other galaxies.
Its gravitational force is equal to that of a million billion suns. Researchers have been trying to find more about the Great Attractor for a long time. Staveley-Smith declared that for the moment they cannot tell the reason for the increased gravitational force on the Milky Way.
Nonetheless, scientists revealed 883 galaxies; many of them were never seen before. As Staveley-Smith said:
“The Milky Way is very beautiful of course and it’s very interesting to study our own galaxy but it completely blocks out the view of the more distant galaxies behind it”.
The recent research pointed out new formations that could explain Milky Way’s movements. Moreover, three galaxy aggregations were found, NW1, NW2 and NW3. They also found two new clusters, CW1 and CW2. Experts explained they have used various methods so as to see through the massive layer of dust and stars.
However, the most effective way to examine space regions was through radio observations. The Park’s Radio Telescope was equipped with innovative technologies. This allowed scientists to survey large areas on the sky. The telescope incorporated a 8.3 inches multi-beam receiver which made possible the mapping of the sky 13 times faster than the observatory did.
They found that Milky Way blocks out a great number of galaxies. It was estimated that an average galaxy has around 100 billion stars. The fact that new galaxies hidden behind Milky Way were recently brought to light helped experts gain new insight on something they didn’t know about until now. The findings might help scientists explain more about the Great Attractor area which is known to be the most mysterious region in space.
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