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Study: Remote Antarctic Telescope Reveals Giant Gas Cloud


Using a telescope installed at the driest place on earth – Ridge A in Antarctica – a UNSW-led team of researchers has identified a giant gas cloud which appears to be in an early stage of formation. Giant clouds of molecular gas – the most massive objects in our galaxy – are the birthplaces of stars.

“This newly discovered gas cloud is shaped like a very long filament, about 200 light years in extent and ten light years across, with a mass about 50,000 times that of our sun,” says team leader, Professor Michael Burton, an astronomer at UNSW Australia. “The evidence suggests it is in the early stages of formation, before any stars have turned on.

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