“It’s a bit like studying an elephant blind-folded.”

Milky WayWhen most of us imagine what our galaxy looks like [if we ever do – Ed] we’d usually conjure up an image like the one at the Atlas of the Universe. But recent results noted here, from the Spitzer telescope, look set to radically change that image into one of a two-armed barred spiral galaxy as pictured. It might seem a minor point to note, but as the New Scientist article says – “Kicking Pluto out of the planet club was nothing compared to this.”

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