Mysterious object in space could be the new arm of the Milky Way

(ORDO NEWS) — Astronomers on the very outskirts of the Milky Way have discovered some kind of mysterious object. It may turn out to be a sleeve of the galaxy, which was previously unknown to experts. This object was named “Cattail”, which translates as “Rogoz”.

It is reported by Live Science.

The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy. It consists of spiral arms, and in the central part there is a special bridge. To date, astronomers only know about the five branches of the galaxy. Kepin Qiu and his colleagues studied the Swan X molecular cloud using the state-of-the-art Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST).

They managed to find several more clouds of hydrogen behind it, which in fact turned out to be elements of an incomprehensible phenomenon of “Rogoz”.

Experts analyzed all the data and made an approximate map of the space object. They found that it spans 675 light-years across and about five times its length.

The phenomenon is located at a distance of 68 thousand light years from our planet. It is worth noting that this gas thread is considered the largest to date that mankind has only managed to discover.

So far, astronomers cannot say whether this object is connected to some particular arm of our galaxy, or whether it is located separately. In the future, it is planned to continue the study of the phenomenon using the FAST radio telescope.


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