An amazing new discovery could shake up scientists' understanding about our neighborhood in space.
Scientists have just glimpsed something extraordinary behind the Milky Way galaxy thanks to a new telescope view.
Using an Australian radio telescope that helped with the moon landings to look through the bulk of gas and dust produced by our Milky Way has allowed astronomers to spot an astonishing 883 galaxies hiding behind it, one third of which were not known to scientists before, according to a Space.com report.
In addition to helping scientists spot a bunch of new galaxies, it could also help explain what is known as the Great Attractor — a mysterious force in the universe that tugs at the Milky Way and many other galaxies withthe force of a million billion suns, something scientists have known about since the 1970s, according to the report.
The problem with our Earth being situated inside the Milky Way is that the rest of the galaxy blocks our view of a large portion of the sky, and prevents us from seeing the distant galaxies behind it. But using the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Parkes Observatory in Australia, scientists were able to find three new galaxy concentrations and two new clusters.
This new research could help further explain anomalies like the Great Attractor with more research.
The findings were published in the Astronomical Journal.