“Is the Milky Way Spinning Like a Top?”

Milky Way in 3 D

 

The Milky Way Galaxy isn’t the flat spiral shape you probably imagine, according to new research by  astrophysicists at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, “rather it’s warped like the brim of a fedora hat with one side pointed up and the opposing side pointed down.” Their findings call into question a claim that the warp is precessing, or wobbling, at a significant rate over time.

(more…)