Enormous Ghost Galaxy -Hidden In the Milky Way’s ‘Zone of Avoidance’

Antlia 2 Galaxy


An enormous ‘ghost’ galaxy, believed to be one of the oldest in the universe, was detected lurking on the outskirts of the Milky Way in November of 2018 by a team of astronomers who discovered the massive object when trawling through new data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite. The object, named Antlia 2 , avoided detection thanks to its extremely low density as well as a perfect hiding place in the Zone of Avoidance, named by Edwin Hubble in 1929,  behind the shroud of the Milky Way’s disc–a region full of dust and an overabundance of bright stars near the galactic center