There is more than just one satellite galaxy orbiting the Milky Way. Among them, the Large and Small Magellanic Cloud are the largest, humans being able to observe them with the naked eye. However, scientists recently discovered a remote and more faint distant galaxy, namely Virgo 1.
The fact that Virgo 1 is so difficult to observe also makes it even more interesting. According to computer simulations, Virgo 1 is just one of the many faint galaxies that orbit our own. Finding the rest of them could help scientists better understand the major ingredient that stands at the core of each formation, dark matter, in particular. This mystery element makes up most of the known masses of the universe and still eludes full understanding.
According to the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Virgo 1 may be the most obscure satellite galaxy scientists have discovered by now. The NAOJ was able to identify the floating mass with the help of the Subaru Telescope in Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
There is yet another cause for celebration among scientists. Discovering such a faint galaxy means that as telescopes improve, researchers will be able to identify even vaguer galactic masses in the future.
“The Milky Way should have many of these small, faint satellite galaxies”, according to one of NASA’s astrophysicists, Jason Rhodes.
He completes his statement with the observation that many people were skeptical that such faint galaxies could even exist, in the first place, up until now. Even though there are tangible facts that support the existence of many obscure distant galaxies, some people still remain doubtful.
The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan remains positive that many other discoveries similar to this one will follow over the years. Mainly because only the satellites closest to the sun were identified so far. Hence, with the continuous development in technology, more powerful telescopes of the future will be able to break through Milky Way’s haze and expose many other celestial clusters like Virgo 1.
However, there are some issues when looking deep into space. For example, two stars can seem pretty close when observed from Earth, but in reality, they could be very far away from one another. Hence, due to the tricky structure of the satellite galaxies that scientists can easily mistake for large ones, discovering new bundles of stars will be a tough job for now.
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