A new galaxy has been discovered…
The wonders of scientific discoveries continue unabated with the latest being a ‘dwarf’ galaxy, approximately one-quarter the size of our own Milky Way by astronomers at the Cambridge Institute of Astronomy, in the United Kingdom. This anomaly seemed to appear out of nowhere so when the astronomers trained their telescope in the suspected area of sky, again, to their utter amazement, it appeared at maximum resolution.
What they discovered was the galaxy they have now named Crater 2 and it is dubbed as one of four actually orbiting the Milky Way in which earth resides. Previously invisible, astronomers had been noting radio signals emanating from that area of space. After exhaustive research, the galaxy has been pinpointed, yet because its star cluster is so diffuse it is considered quite dark compared to other astronomical entities.
The orbital distance of Crater 2 is approximately 380,000 light years away from our viewpoint. Astronomers at Cambridge contend this discovery is no less remarkable because of the difficulty in proving its existence. Other astronomers worldwide have commented that this is certainly a nice piece of research to achieve such results.
The following image depicts area star clusters where constant radio signals have been detected outside the Milky Way:
The following image is a NASA picture of our own Milky Way galaxy:
The You Tube video shown below comes courtesy of TrendsonFire. It is a bit tongue-in-cheek, yet it is also informative:
Although, we are moving headlong into the 21st century in our day-to-day lives, we must note that each day also brings new and exciting discoveries, many of which are constantly improving our lives in so many ways. Universal Digest wishes to recognize a contributor, Alex Rodriguez from the United Kingdom who brought information of this recent discovery to our attention.
One thing is certain in our future is constant change and more discovery!