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Cosmic cartographers map the nearby Universe revealing the diversity of star-forming galaxies

8 Jun 2021, 16:15 UTC
Cosmic cartographers map the nearby Universe revealing the diversity of star-forming galaxies ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/PHANGS, S. Dagnello (NRAO)

A team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has completed the first census of molecular clouds in the nearby Universe, revealing that contrary to previous scientific opinion, these stellar nurseries do not all look and act the same. In fact, they’re as diverse as the people, homes, neighborhoods, and regions that make up our own world.

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