Cosmic cloud in galactic ‘no-man’s land’

Astronomers find a mysterious cloud bigger than the Milky Way.

A blue, umbrella-shaped image of the cloud on a dark background, surrounded by small white galaxies.
The orphan cloud is the blue umbrella-shaped part of this image, which is color-coded to show the X-ray part of the cloud in blue, the warm gas in red and the visible region in white. Credit: European Space Agency / XMM-Newton.