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Galactic survey reveals a new look for the Milky Way

Madison, Wis. -- With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the most comprehensive structural analysis of our galaxy and have found tantalizing new evidence that the Milky Way is much different from your ordinary spiral galaxy.

The survey using the orbiting infrared telescope provides the fine details of a long central bar feature that distinguishes......

Full article >>> t is a structural characteristic that adds definition beyond the swirling arms of typical spiral galaxies.

New size, orientation esimates

The new study provides the best estimates for the size and orientation of the bar, which are far different from previous estimates.

It shows a bar, consisting of relatively old and red stars, spanning the center of the galaxy roughly 27......

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'"/> By Terry Devitt 08/18/05

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