The giant in our stars: the Radcliffe wave

13.01.2020

Astronomers from the Department of Astrophysics and Harvard University have discovered a vast gas structure in our galaxy, made up of many interconnected "nurseries" where stars are born. The long, thin filament of gas is 9,000 light-years long and 400 light-years wide and completely changes our understanding of the local Interstellar Medium. It lies around 500 light-years from our Sun, which is relatively close by in astronomical distances.

Astronomers from the Department for Astrophysics and Harvard University have discovered a vast gas structure in our galaxy, made up of many interconnected "nurseries" where stars are born. The results have been published in Nature on January 7th, 2020. The long, thin filament of gas is 9,000 light-years long and 400 light-years wide and questions the previous paradigm for the distribution of gas around the Sun. The paper, visualization tools, and more information can be accessed here.