Neutral Hydrogen

Electrically neutral hydrogen atom with one proton and one electron. It is commonly referred to as HI (pronounced H-one), and is located throughout galaxies as HI clouds or external to galaxies as part of the intercloud gas. Neutral H is detected via the spin-flip transition at 21 cm, and HI clouds were used to determine the structure of our Galaxy from our location within it.


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