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Astronomers affiliated with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have discovered a new "bone" in the structure of the Milky Way – a lengthy tendril comprised of dust and gas.
New computer visualization technology developed by the Harvard Initiative in Innovative Computing has helped astrophysicists understand that gravity plays a larger role than previously thought in deep space's vast, star-forming molecular clouds.
A unique collaboration created by Harvard has brought together astronomers, medical imaging specialists, and software engineers to adapt medical imaging software to create 3-D views of astronomical bodies.
Hubble's iconic images include many shots of cosmic clouds of gas and dust called nebulae. For example, the famous "Pillars of Creation" mark the birthplace of new stars within the Eagle Nebula. Yet despite their beauty, visible-light images show only the nebulae surfaces. Baby stars may hide beneath, invisible even to Hubble's powerful gaze.
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.