Researchers Spot Hundreds of Galaxies Hidden Behind ‘Unexplored Region’ of the Milky Way


The Milky Way has been obstructing quite the view.

A team of researchers recently used a radio telescope to peek through the stars and dust of the Milky Way and catch a glimpse of hundreds of galaxies in a previously “unexplored region of space.”

The team found 883 galaxies using the Australia-based Parkes telescope, a third of which were previously undiscovered, according to a statement from the lead author, Lister Staveley-Smith, of the University of Western Australia.

“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,” he said.

According to the study, published in the Astronomical Journal on Tuesday, the galaxies are 250 million light years from Earth.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Mary Bowerman