A giant wave of gas lurks near our solar system

Many stellar nurseries are strung along this gas thread newly dubbed the Radcliffe Wave

Milky Way gas

Many of the most well-known star-forming clouds (red dots in this illustration of the Milky Way) near the sun (yellow) actually lie along a wave of star-forming gas newly dubbed the Radcliffe Wave.

WorldWide Telescope, Courtesy of A. Goodman

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