NOODLES: Mysterious lumps have been seen in the Milky Way.
NOODLES: Mysterious lumps have been seen in the Milky Way.

Spotlight shines on Milky Way ‘noodle’ find

MYSTERIOUS lumps shaped like noodles believed to be lurking in the Milky Way have come under the scientific spotlight.

Dr Keith Bannister of the CSIRO said the invisible structures, shaped like noodles, lasagne sheets or hazelnuts, appeared to be lumps in thin gas that lay between stars in our galaxy.

"They could radically change ideas about this interstellar gas, which is the galaxy's star recycling depot, housing material from old stars that will be re-fashioned into new ones," Dr Bannister said.

The lead author of the study published on the topic in Science journal and his colleagues used the powerful Compact Array telescope to study gas clouds.

"Lumps in this gas work like lenses, focusing and defocusing the radio waves, making them appear to strengthen and weaken over a period of days, weeks or months," Dr Bannister said.

How these lenses could form remains unknown, but "these structures are real".


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