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Eternal Watchman
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Posted: 2005-August-18 at 12:45pm | IP Logged Quote Klankster

The University of Wisconsin Astronomy Department, using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, has announced that their latest star survey shows that the Milky Way apparently has a central bar.  There was suspicion of this previously, but the new survey adds evidence that we're living in a barred spiral galaxy, rather than an ordinary spiral.

The news item and an artists concept of the galaxy structure can be found at

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Posted: 2005-August-19 at 9:40am | IP Logged Quote selden

As I hope you know, this is a confirmation of information that's been known for years, not a new discovery. The 2MASS survey did quite a bit of work in that area, for example. A popularized summary published in 2002 is at

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