Does my star look big in this? Milky Way 50 per cent fatter than expected

March 11, 2015 10:00 PM

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Does my star look big in this? Milky Way 50 per cent fatter than expected

Vid The Milky Way galaxy could be up to 50 per cent wider than the previously estimated – a whopping 150,000 light years across, potentially – according to boffins.

"In essence, what we found is that the disk of the Milky Way isn't just a disk of stars in a flat plane: it's corrugated," said Heidi Newberg, professor of physics, applied physics, and astronomy in the Rensselaer School of Science in New York.

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