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The objects were found in data collected by the AKARI spacecraft

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Two mysterious, gigantic icy balls of gas have been discovered in space and they could alter our understanding of how stars form.

Takashi Onaka at Meisei University in Japan and his team found the objects when analysing data collected by the AKARI spacecraft, a Japanese observatory that examined the Milky Way in infrared from the 1980s until it suffered electrical failure in 2011.

It is unclear exactly what the balls are, or even how far away they lie, but the …