Mysterious spiral object found near center of Milky Way

Like opening a cosmic Russian doll, astronomers peered into the center of the Milky Way and discovered what appears to be a miniature spiral galaxy, swirling delicately around a single large star.

The star — located at about 26,000 Light years of Earth near the dense and dusty galactic center – is about 32 times more massive than the sun and sits in a huge swirling disk of gas, known as the “protostellar disk”. (The disk itself is about 4,000 astronomical units wide, or 4,000 times the distance between Earth and the sun).

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