The Milky Way is teeming with millions of cosmic objects; it serves as both the nursery and the final resting place for stars. The Milky Way serves as a cosmic graveyard as these dead stars are still present in the galaxy.
Huge stars that perished in the Milky Way billions of years ago went supernova and transformed into two distinct objects. According to Space.com, the surviving cores either formed themselves into black holes or transitioned into highly compact neutron stars in the afterlife.
The “galactic underworld,” which scientists refer to as the remains of these ancient stars, has so far managed to keep most of its mysteries buried.
But now, after essentially going back in time to examine how and when these early stars were formed, lived, and died, scientists have created the first digital map of the cosmos, as first reported by Space.com.
This was accomplished by the researchers by examining observations of dead stars scattered around the galaxy, such as neutron stars and black holes, and figuring out their evolutionary history.
Three times the current height of the Milky Way, they found a vast cosmic cemetery.
The University of Sydney-based astronomer David Sweeney and his colleagues created the new map, which not only depicts the likely locations of these extinct stars’ bones but also suggests that around one-third of the scattered fragments have either left the galaxy or are about to do so.