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Friday, August 24, 2012

Astronomers find pair of galaxy systems that are 'exact matches' to our own

Astronomers have revealed a pair of galaxies just like our own.

It is the first time an 'exact match' of the Milky Way, our own galaxy, has been found in our local universe.

The discovery was made using the Galaxy And Mass Assembly survey (GAMA), a project that brings together data from six telescopes to build a 3D map of galaxies in our local universe.

The research was presented today at the International Astronomical Union General Assembly in Beijing unveiled the rare sight.

The team released an image showing one of the two ‘exact matches’ to the Milky Way system found in the survey.

The larger galaxy, denoted GAMA202627, which is similar to the Milky Way clearly has two large companions off to the bottom left of the image (above).

In the image bluer colours indicate hotter, younger, stars like many of those that are found in our galaxy. Read More