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Most detailed ever 3D map of Milky Way shows 'warped' shape

1 Aug 2019, 17:00 UTC
Most detailed ever 3D map of Milky Way shows 'warped' shape J. Skowron / OGLE / Astronomical Observatory, University of Warsaw

Astronomers have presented a twist on how we see our galaxy, the Milky Way, with a new three-dimensional map. Our galaxy was generally thought to be a flat disc consisting of some 250 billion stars. The new map suggests the disc isn’t flat but instead is twisted into a S-shape.

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