A 3-D map of stars reveals the Milky Way’s warped shape

Scientists used thousands of stars called Cepheids to trace the galaxy’s structure

Milky Way

BENT OUT OF SHAPE  A new map of the Milky Way made with Cepheid stars reveals the warped shape of the galaxy. In this image, those stars (green) are overlaid on top of an image of another warped galaxy, NGC 4565. The star icon indicates the sun.

J. Skowron/OGLE/Astronomical Observatory/Univ. of Warsaw

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