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Cosmic cartographers reveal diversity of star-forming galaxies in nearby universe

9 Jun 2021, 02:25 UTC
Cosmic cartographers reveal diversity of star-forming galaxies in nearby universe ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/PHANGS, S. Dagnello (NRAO)

A team of astronomers, including Carnegie’s Guillermo Blanc, used the  Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to complete 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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