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First “Bone” Of The Milky Way Identified


Credit: NASA/JPL/SSC

Credit: NASA/JPL/SSC

Our Milky Way is a spiral galaxy – a pinwheel-shaped collection of stars, gas and dust. It has a central bar and two major spiral arms that wrap around its disk. Since we view the Milky Way from the inside, its exact structure is difficult to determine.

Astronomers have identified a new structure in the Milky Way: a long tendril of dust and gas that they are calling a “bone.”

“This is the first time we’ve seen such a delicate piece of the galactic skeleton,” says lead author Alyssa Goodman of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). Goodman presented the discovery today in a press conference at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Long Beach, Calif.

Full Story: http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/news/2013/pr201302.html

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