Milky Way gas survey completed

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Milky Way gas survey completed

Image caption New images superimpose the Atlasgal data (in red) over other infrared measurements (in blue) made from space

Astronomers have completed a detailed map of where dense, very cold gas - the stuff of which new stars are made - is found across the Milky Way.

Staring into space from an altitude of 5,100m in the Atacama desert, the Apex telescope has imaged as much of our galaxy as it can see.

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