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Pluto Calling

2 March 2016

Images of Pluto are still being beamed back to Earth – go to http://phys.org/print375951601.html

Elsewhere, images of the centre of the Milky Way show a huge cloud of gas and thousands of stars. However, a little out from the centre is what is called the 'Central Molecular Zone' where eighty per cent of that gas is located

– a reservoir of tens of millions of solar masses of material which feeds giant molecular clouds and massive star forming clusters. Some of these clouds are bereft of star – completely barren. This puzzles astronomers.

The article is published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (Feb 2016) but see http://phys.org/print375952057.html

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