Mysterious spiral object found near Milky Way’s center

As if cracking open a cosmic Russian nesting doll, astronomers have peered into the center of the Milky Way and spotted what appears to be a miniature spiral galaxy twirling delicately around a single large star.

The star — located about 26,000 light years out Earth near the dense and dusty galactic center — is about 32 times as massive as the Sun and resides within a vast disk of swirling gas known as the “protostellar disk.” (The disk itself is about 4,000 astronomical units across — or 4,000 times the distance between the Earth and the Sun). Mysterious spiral object found near Milky Way’s center

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