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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:07 AM

This galaxy looks like the Milky Way's twin

I found this pic on the Hubble's website:



It's almost identical to artist's renderings of the Milky Way I've seen. It's even got the same major arm vs. minor arm pattern as the Milky Way.

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Reply This galaxy looks like the Milky Way's twin (Original post)
Odin2005 Jan 2013 OP
awake Jan 2013 #1
Odin2005 Jan 2013 #2
pokerfan Jan 2013 #5
awake Jan 2013 #6
JesterCS Jan 2013 #3
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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:44 AM

1. How do we know what the Milky Way looks like?

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Response to awake (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:14 PM

2. Radio telescopes.

It has 2 major arms that start at the ends of the central bar, the Perseus arm and the Crux arm, and 2 minor arms that do not, the Sagittarius arm and the Norma arm. The sun is near a small branch of the Sagittarius arm called the Orion spur.

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Response to awake (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:16 PM

5. Interview with a radio astronomer from last year

NOVA: Do we know what the Milky Way looks like?

Reid: The answer really is no. At this point, we do know it is a spiral galaxy, we know it has spiral patterns, but we don't really know where these spiral arms lie. There's even debate between astronomers about whether there are two or four arms. I would say within the next few years when we've been able to map the positions of young stars that trace out these arms, then we'll know exactly where the arms are, and how many there are. We have good preliminary evidence to show there are four arms. And we know a little bit more about how tightly bound or open the arms are, there's been some debate about that, and it looks like it's a fairly loosely bound spiral, but to go beyond that it'll take a lot more observations and data.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/insidenova/2012/06/mapping-the-milky-way-from-the-inside-out.html

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Response to pokerfan (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:35 PM

6. Thanks

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:28 PM

3. if any trek fans are on here

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Response to JesterCS (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:39 PM

4. + Infinity!

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