Our Milky Way is zooming across space at a speed of two million kilometers per hour. It’s being drawn to a mysterious region with a powerful gravitational force.
Earlier this year, scientists discovered several galaxies hiding behind the Milky Way. Using the CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope in Australia, scientists found 883 galaxies of which some of them have never been seen before.
The new galaxies are about 250 million light years from our Earth. This discovery should prove valuable in terms of learning more about the movement of the Milky Way in space. It may also help explain the ‘Great Attractor’ region that is drawing thousands of galaxies towards it.
Astronomers have been aware of the Great Attractor since the 1970’s. Due to the brightness and concentration of stars in the Milky Way, the new galaxies were hidden from view.
The huge Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales was fitted with an instrument called the 21-cm multibeam receiver. This allowed the telescope to peer through the clouds of dust and stars to the unseen region of space behind.
The new-found galaxies lie within an area known as ‘Zone of Avoidance.’ It is so called because our view of this region was always obstructed by the stars and planets in our Milky Way. But thanks to the Parkes radio telescope’s receiver, that’s no longer the case.
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