Antarctic telescope identifies where stars are born

A suspected gas cloud, in its earliest stage of formation, has been found using a telescope installed at the driest place on earth – Ridge A in Antarctica.

The clouds of molecular gas are the biggest objects in our galaxy and are also the birthplace of stars.

Research team leader Professor Michael Burton, an astronomer at UNSW, said the latest discovery of the gas cloud is about 200 light years long and ten light years across, with a mass about 50,000 times that of our sun.

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