The largest object in the Milky Way Galaxy has been discovered, thanks to the efforts of astronomers at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg.
"We investigate the physical properties of the 'Maggie' filament, a large-scale filament identified in H I emission at line-of-sight velocities," explained the involved space experts.
The new study titled "The 'Maggie' filament: Physical properties of a giant atomic cloud" was published in the Astronomy and Astrophysics journal last November 1, 2021.
Astronomers claimed that Maggie is five times larger than compared to the largest known gas clouds recently recorded.
Largest Object in Milky Way Galaxy
According to The Cleveland American's latest report, it has a length of 3,9000 light-years and a width of 150 light-years. Right now, this large space object is located more than 55,000 light-years away from Earth.
Involved researchers explained that Maggie, which was named after the longest river in Colombia (Magdalena River), was easily spotted because it was outside the Milky Way Galaxy's main plane.
However, they still haven't solved how the giant flat disk moved in its current area. Although this is the case, they were still able to know that the space object has a constant speed and movement direction.
Because of its characteristics, astronomers were able to confirm that Maggie is a unique system and not just part of the clouds circulating around the Milky Way Galaxy's outer plane.
What is Maggie?
The Max Planck Institute's space researchers explained that Maggie is a gas cloud that contains hydrogen. It is much larger than other giant gas clouds within the Milky Way Galaxy.
They added that this very long flat space disk also contains most materials and other objects found across the spiral galaxy. If you want to know more details about Maggie, you can visit this link.
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Written by: Griffin Davis