Hundreds hidden galaxies discovered!
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Many of hundreds hidden galaxies concealing behind our galaxy. With this realization, astronomers want to explain better an area of space that they call Big attractor.
Astronomers have tracked hundreds hidden galaxies behind the galaxy. The discovery provides new insights into a cosmic region called Great Attractor. The international team led by Professor Lister Staveley-Smith of the University of Western Australia in Perth presents his observations in the journal "Astronomical Journal".
With a specially equipped radio telescope astronomers succeeded to peer through the dust and the star muddle of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, in a hitherto largely hidden Sky Region. There, the researchers registered a total of 883 different galaxies, of which approximately one third had never been observed before.
The galaxies are about 250 million light years away in the direction to which the Milky Way is moving at a speed of more than two million kilometers per hour.
Mysterious acceleration of the Milky Way
Great Attractor so this called was first discovered in the 1970s. "We understand not, strictly , what this gravity-induced acceleration of the Milky Way caused or where it comes from," says Staveley-Smith in a press release of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research ICRAR. Known is that in this region a few very large galaxy clusters and galaxies called superclusters are exist. "An average galaxy contains hundreds of billions of stars, the discovery of hundreds of new galaxies behind the galaxy suggests a lot of material mass, of which we knew nothing until now," explains astronomer Renee Kraan-Korteweg of the University of Cape Town. Researchers identified several new structures, which could help explain the motion of the Milky Way.