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Astronomers Are Finally Mapping the 'dark Side' of the Milky Way

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Milky Way galaxy far side

Astronomers directly measured the distance to a star-forming region on the far side ofour Milky Way galaxy, past the galactic center.

Credit:Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF; Robert Hurt, NASA

Think of the Milky Way—or search for pictures of it online—and you'll see images of a standard spiral galaxy viewed face-on, a sprawling pinwheel of starlight and dust containing hundreds of billions of stars. These images, however, are mostly make-believe.

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