Astronomers Have Discovered A New “Ghost Galaxy”

posted: 11/29/16
by: Kelly McClure
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Using a high powered telescope from the top of a mountain in Hawaii astronomers have detected what they're now referring to as a "ghost galaxy," but before you picture a galaxy occupied by actual ghosts, or the popular ride at Disneyland of the same name. let us explain.

The "ghost galaxy," which scientists have named Virgo 1 due to its proximity to the constellation Virgo, is 280,000 light-years from our solar system and thought to be the faintest of its kind.

"This discovery implies hundreds of faint dwarf satellites waiting to be discovered in the halo of the Milky Way," Masashi Chiba, project head and professor at the Astronomical Institute of Tohoku University in Japan, said to press.

Since chancing upon Virgo 1 astrophysicists hope it will help them to better understand dark matter, which makes up nearly 80 percent of the universe.

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[via: The Sun]