The Milky Way Might Be Square

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The Pinwheel Galaxy has areas of straight arms. The Milky Way might, as well. Image Credit: NASA

Just like being stuck inside and not being able to see what the outside of your house looks like, we’re trapped inside [the Milky Way][3] [galaxy][4] and aren’t able to see its complete structure. Most of us have this vision of a circular, [spiral galaxy][5] with gracefully curving spiral arms. Nope, says a group of [astronomers][6] from Brazil. The [Milky Way][3] might be square. Not like a box, but, in places, the spiral arms are straight rather than curved, giving the Milky Way a distinctly square look. And our [solar][7] system sits right on one the straightest parts of an outer arm.

It really IS hip to be square. (…) Read the rest of [The Milky Way Might Be Square][8] (559 words)

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