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Postby ball of goof » Sat Dec 03, 2005 1:16 am

Robert Benjamin of the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater is redrawing the shape of our galaxy. Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, which can see through obscuring clouds of gas and dust, he has demonstrated that the Milky Way has a complicated S-shaped form known as a barred spiral. Related work shows that our galaxy's nucleus looks rather like a football.

Discover magazine, December 2005, Vol. 26, No. 2


methinks it's a hail mary...
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Postby TN_Titans_05 » Sat Dec 03, 2005 2:45 am

Eh what? Me thinks thats too much for me to comprehend........
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Re: So that's why they call it a spiral galaxy...

Postby moonhead » Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:23 am

ball of goof wrote:Robert Benjamin of the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater is redrawing the shape of our galaxy. Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, which can see through obscuring clouds of gas and dust, he has demonstrated that the Milky Way has a complicated S-shaped form known as a barred spiral. Related work shows that our galaxy's nucleus looks rather like a football.

Discover magazine, December 2005, Vol. 26, No. 2


methinks it's a hail mary...


i don't think he's changing anything. i had an astronomy class last year and this is exactly what we learned. milky way = barred spiral galaxy. :-?
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Postby ball of goof » Sat Dec 03, 2005 3:06 pm

Well, it was just that the nucleus of the galaxy looks like a football. I get this image of a spiral pass soaring through the universe. Never mind...
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Postby moonhead » Sat Dec 03, 2005 3:15 pm

ball of goof wrote:Well, it was just that the nucleus of the galaxy looks like a football. I get this image of a spiral pass soaring through the universe. Never mind...


hehe ;-D
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