Warp factor: Milky Way turns out to have a twist

Astronomers have uncovered the true twisted nature of our galaxy, the Milky Way.

Until now, the galaxy was generally thought to be a flat spiral consisting of an estimated 250 billion stars.

The sun and its planets, including the Earth, occupy an insignificant spot in one of the minor spiral arms.

But a new study has shown that in reality the Milky Way is warped.

It becomes increasingly twisted the further away stars are from the galactic centre.

The warping is thought to be caused by torque from the spinning…
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