Astronomers are mapping millions of hidden galaxies

Astronomers are mapping millions of hidden galaxies

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Millions of distant galaxies are obscured by the Magellanic Clouds, which orbit the Milky Way. However, using several different telescopes, astronomers can see beyond them to build a 3D map of the hidden galaxies



Space



22 July 2022

By Karmela Padavic-Callaghan

The Small Magellanic Cloud

The Small Magellanic Cloud

ESA/Hubble and Digitized Sky Survey

Astronomers are building a three-dimensional map of millions of distant galaxies that are normally blocked from view by the Magellanic Clouds, a pair of galaxies that orbit the Milky Way. The map will be the largest yet of such hidden galaxies and may lead to new insights about how stars and galaxies evolve.

Jessica Craig at Keele University in the UK and her colleagues are using data from two different telescopes and one space observatory to make the map.

The researchers started by looking at near-infrared …

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