This image shows a section of the side view of the Milky Way as measured by ESA’s Gaia satellite. The dark band consists of gas and dust, which dims the light from the embedded stars. The Galactic Centre of the Milky Way is indicated on the right of the image, shining brightly below the dark zone. The box to the left of the middle marks the location of the “Maggie” filament. It shows the distribution of atomic hydrogen. The colours indicate different velocities of the gas. [less] Image: ESA/Gaia/DPAC, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO & T. Müller/J. Syed/MPIA

Meet Maggie, the longest structure in our galaxy

Meet Maggie, a huge filament of atomic hydrogen just discovered by astronomers, a possible precursor to star formation. It is the largest structure yet found in the Milky Way Galaxy.

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