Scientists discover huge ‘extragalactic structure’ behind the Milky Way

Scientists discover huge ‘extragalactic structure’ behind the Milky Way

Scientists discover huge ‘extragalactic structure’ behind the Milky Way

Astronomers have discovered a huge extragalactic structure that lies far behind the Milky Way‘s center.

Known as the Avoidance Zone, this phantom region is an empty spot on our map of the universe, covering anywhere from 10% to 20% of the night sky. The reason we can’t see it — at least with standard visible-light telescopes — is because the Milky Way’s bulging center blocks our view of it; the center of our galaxy is so dense with stars, dust and others matter that light from the avoidance zone is scattered or absorbed before it reaches Earth’s telescopes.



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