Meet the disk-shaped halo of hot gas you currently live in

Scientists have long suspected that the halos surrounding galaxies, including our Milky Way, may be hiding a lot of matter left over from our universe’s birth. (ESO/S. Brunier/) Beyond the spiral arms of our galaxy lies a giant halo of hot gas. The Milky Way formed within this cloud, which is known as the circumgalactic […]

The Milky Way galaxy has a clumpy halo

A mini satellite designed and built at the University of Iowa has determined the Milky Way galaxy is surrounded by a heated, clumpy halo of gas that is continually being supplied by birthing or dying stars in our galaxy. Credit: Blue Canyon Technologies The Milky Way galaxy is in the recycling business. University of Iowa […]