In an effort to test predictions for the formation of the Milky Way, Sky and Telescope tells us that Dr. John Bochanski and his team of astronomers have discovered the two most distant stars ever recorded in the Milky Way galaxy. The discovery by Dr. Bochanski and his team is important because data gathered about the two most distant stars ever found will help us understand more about the formation and evolution of our galaxy.
Dr. Bochanski and his team of scientists began their search for the Milky Way’s most distant stars by targeting the outer halo of our galaxy.
Sky and Telescope describes the Milky Way’s outer halo as “a sparse shroud of stars that surrounds the disk of our galaxy.”
“The discovery of the Milky Way’s known two most distant stars is no small feat of accomplishment because the Milky Way’s outer halo stretches a massive 500,000 light years out from the Milky Way’s center. After two years of searching, an enormously vast swath of the Milky Way’s outer halo, Dr. Bochanski and his team can claim victory.”