Does the Milky Way have a skeleton? Researchers map 54 'bones' which could give clues on how the galaxy formed
While you might picture a skeleton as the basis of an animal's body, the Milky Way galaxy has its own form of 'skeleton' running through its centre.
Until now, little has been known about the skeleton, but new research has brought us closer to understanding it.
Researchers have used a new method to identify 54 galactic 'bones' – filaments of gas – that make up the skeleton, 45 of which had not previously been identified.
GALACTIC BONES 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... read more
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