Prof. Noriyuki Matsunaga of the University of Tokyo and his team of astronomers published a study in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society journal finding that the Extreme Inner Disk of the Milky Way is devoid of young stars. The region lies 8,000 lightyears from the center of the galaxy, and is typically hidden from view by "interstellar dust." The researchers used analysis of near-infrared observations with a telescope in Sutherland, South Africa, and found no young stars. A clump of youngins exist in the very center, but from 150 lightyears to 8,000, none. This implies that no new stars have been formed in this region for hundreds of millions of years, according to a Phys.org press release.