Astronomers have discovered in our galaxy unusual group of gas clouds


11/05/2013

In a dark, almost starless of intergalactic space, astronomers noticed ever unseen phenomenon - the accumulation of clouds, composed of neutral hydrogen, scattered between Andromeda (M31) and the Triangle (M33) - two located near each other galaxies.

According to the researchers, these rare gas clusters with a mass that is comparable to the mass of dwarf galaxies were formed by the condensation of a vast and hitherto unknown clouds heated, ionized gas.

"We have long known that many regions of the universe, which at first glance seem to be empty, can be fraught with huge reserves of hot hydrogen, - said Spencer Wolf of the University of West Virginia, Morgantown (USA). - During the earlier observation area, which is located between the M31 and M33, it was observed the presence of the cold, and at the same neutral hydrogen, but we were unable to examine the details with which we would be able to determine whether the gas is already a well-known we characteristic structure, or is an entirely new type of a certain space education.

"With the, power of the telescope, as the National Science Foundation" s Green Bank Telescope, we are now able to clearly identify the clouds of hydrogen, the allocation of which takes place against the background of the fact that, in all probability, is a scattered cloud of gas giant size. "


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