Bizarre spiral object found swirling around Milky Way's center

The star — located about 26,000 light-years from Earth near the dense and dusty galactic center — is about 32 times as massive as the sun

The disk itself measures about 4,000 astronomical units wide — or 4,000 times the distance between Earth and the sun

Such disks are widespread in the universe, serving as stellar fuel that help young stars grow into big,

 But astronomers have never seen one like this before: a galaxy in miniature, orbiting perilously close to the center of our own galaxy.

the researchers found that the disk doesn't appear to be moving in a way that would give it a natural spiral shape.

To check this hypothesis, the team calculated a dozen potential orbits for the mysterious object

 our galaxy's center may be overloaded with miniature spirals, only waiting to be discovered

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