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Hundreds of mystery structures found at the heart of the Milky Way

By Alt News


An investigation into the mystery filaments hanging in space around the heart of the Milky Way has turned up an entirely new population of them, aligned along the galactic plane and pointing in the direction of the galactic center.

The magnetized strands are likely the remnants of an outflow from the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* interacting with the surrounding gas a few million years ago, says astrophysicist Farhad Yusef-Zadeh of Northwestern University.

Although Sgr A* is pretty quiet now, these remnants suggest that our galaxy’s center has been active recently – on cosmic timescales, that is. And their discovery also means that our galaxy’s center, as wild and wooly as we already knew it to be, has more fascinating secrets lurking within.

“It was a surprise to suddenly find a new population of structures that seem to be pointing in the direction of the black hole,” Yusef-Zadeh says



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