Toruń astronomers – seven new space masers


Astronomers of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (UMK) have completed the survey of the Milky Way. They searched for gas clouds with the OH molecule maser amplification. They discovered seven new sources, each bringing scientists closer to understanding the birth of massive stars.

Their success is described in the prestigious “Astronomy and Astrophysics” in a newly published article “A search for the OH 6035 MHz line in high-mass star-forming regions” by scientists of the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science: Prof. Marian Szymczak, Dr Paweł Wolak, Dr Anna Bartkiewicz and PhD students: Michał Durjasz and Mirosława Aramowicz from the University of Wrocław.

The publication is the result of months of observations of radiation coming from the Milky Way, from the spiral arms of this galaxy, where a lot of matter, gas and dust accumulate. In such conditions massive stars are born.