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Mysterious dashes revealed in Milky Way’s center

Northwestern Now

June 2, 2023 | By Amanda Morris

An international team of astrophysicists has discovered something wholly new, hidden in the center of the Milky Way galaxy. 

In the early 1980s, Northwestern University’s Farhad Yusef-Zadeh discovered gigantic, one-dimensional filaments dangling vertically near Sagittarius A*, our galaxy’s central supermassive black hole. Now, Yusef-Zadeh and his collaborators have discovered a new population of filaments — but these threads are much shorter and lie horizontally or radially, spreading out like spokes on a wheel from the black hole. 

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