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Giant Intergalactic Gas Stream Longer than Thought
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Giant Intergalactic Gas Stream Longer than Thought

January 5, 2010
Combined radio/optical image shows Milky Way, Magellanic Clouds, and the new radio image of the Magellanic Stream. Blue and white are the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds. Red is the hydrogen gas in the Magellanic Stream, in the disks of the Magellanic Clouds, and in the stream's Leading Arm. The Milky Way is horizontal in the middle of the image; the Magellanic Clouds are the light spots at the center-right portion of the image, from which the gas stream originates. Brown is dust clouds in the Milky Way.


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