Stunned astronomers discover 50,000 bonus light-years in our galaxy

March 12, 2015 3:56 AM

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In 2002, observations gathered by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey led to the recognition of a ring of stars concentric with the rest of the disk of our Milky Way galaxy, but protruding beyond the galactic plane. This ring, dubbed the “Monoceros Ring”

Now, a new study led by Professor Heidi Jo Newberg of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has found that there are several concentric protruding rings in the Milky Way’s disk, indicating that our galaxy is at least 50 percent larger previously thought.

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