Today's Paper Archive Classifieds Subscriptions RSS Feeds Site Map ePaper Mobile Apps Social
SEARCH

S & T » Science

Updated: June 1, 2011 17:01 IST

Milky Way ‘clone’ captured by European astronomers

PTI
Share  ·   print   ·  
An artist rendering provided by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center shows a view of the Milky Way's structure. File photo
AP An artist rendering provided by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center shows a view of the Milky Way's structure. File photo

Astronomers in Europe claim to have captured a striking image of a giant Milky Way “clone” - the bird’s eye view of which gives a good idea of what our own galaxy would look like to a passing space traveller.

The spiral galaxy, ‘NGC 6744’, is around 30 million light years away in the southern constellation of Pavo, the Peacock, according to a team of planetary scientists from the European Southern Observatory.

In the new image from European Southern Observatory, the astronomers say it is seen almost face on, so that the striking spiral arms are clearly visible, Britain’s ‘The Daily Telegraph’ reported.

NGC 6744 would almost be an identical twin of the Milky Way were it not for its size. While our own galaxy is roughly 100,000 light years across, it has nearly twice that diameter, say the astronomers.

The dusty spiral arms are home to many glowing star-forming regions. The astronomers took the picture using the 2.2 metre telescope at La Silla, Chile, jointly operated by the Max Planck Society and ESO.

More In: Science | Sci-Tech


O
P
E
N

close

Recent Article in Science

This artist's rendering provided by NASA on April 17, 2014 shows an Earth-sized planet dubbed Kepler-186f orbiting a star 500 light years from Earth.

Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

Astronomers say the planet may hold water on its surface and is the best candidate yet of a habitable planet in the ongoing search for an Earth twin. »