Far out: Our Milky Way galaxy is ‘warped and twisted’
Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, is “warped and twisted,” a new study says.
In the study, scientists also released a new map of the galaxy, one that they say “is the first accurate 3D map of the Milky Way” that reveals its true shape.
“We usually think of spiral galaxies as being quite flat, like Andromeda, which you can easily see through a telescope,” said study co-author Richard de Grijs, an astronomer from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
However, in this study, astronomers said the Milky Way’s disc of stars becomes increasingly warped and twisted the further away the stars are from the galaxy’s center.
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