Milky Way’s Structure Mapped in Unprecedented Detail
Astronomers are one step closer to solving a longstanding mystery — just what our Milky Way galaxy looks like.
It may seem odd that a comprehensive understanding of the Milky Way’s structurehas so far eluded researchers. But it’s tough to get a broad view of the galaxy from within.
"We are fairly confident that the Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, but we don’t know much in detail. At the most basic level, we’d like to be able to make a map that would show in detail what it looks like," said Mark Reid of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who led the new study.
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I’ve become everyone’s local astronomer.
People asking me where Mars is, when this is supposed to happen and when that is supposed to happen and what’s going on right now. Which constellation is where and how to find it.
and that’s pretty cool considering I’m just like “hi i take pictures of stars and stuff”
If you ask people where they’re from, they will typically say the name of the city where they were born, or perhaps a place on Earth’s surface where they spent their formative years. Nothing is wrong with that. But an astrochemically richer answer might be, ‘I hail from the explosive jetsam of multitude of high-mass stars that died more than 5 billion years ago.’
-Neil deGrasse Tyson: Death By Black Hole (via amethystgalaxies)
I don’t care what else anyone has ever told you, the Sun is white, not yellow. Human color perception is a complicated business, but if the Sun were yellow, like a yellow light bulb, then white stuff such as snow would reflect this light and appear yellow - a snow condition confirmed to happen only near fire hydrants.
-Neil deGrasse Tyson: Death By Black Hole (via interstellar-stardust)
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"I, a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe." - Richard P. Feynman
It’s Dark Skies Week!
Stand in an open field and stare at the sky for awhile. Then go learn something about the universe. It’s good for you.
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