Astronomers Have Unraveled The Mystery Of The Massive Bulge In The Middle Of The Milky Way

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It’s 2010, and NASA scientists are busy analyzing data about our galaxy, the Milky Way, harvested from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. It’s all in a day’s work for the astronomers, but then they spot something different. The researchers see two massive bubbles in the Milky Way, each extending for 25,000 light-years. It’s a head-scratching moment: just what are the scientists looking at?

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We’ll get back to the best explanation we have for this startling new phenomenon in our corner of the Universe later. But first let’s take a look at how scientists have been exploring – and learning about – our galaxy over the centuries. It’s a fascinating story but one with no conclusion in sight. There’s just so much more still to learn.

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