Friday, July 4, 2008

Maiden Vein tangent: Milky Way tour stop 4 - Redefining the Milky Way: 2 Arms not 4?

This week's word of the week from the Dictionary of Newfoundland English is Maiden Vein which refers to the Milky Way.

Milky Way Loses Two of Four Arms
Thursday, June 05, 2008
By Jeanna Bryner

For decades, astronomers have pictured our galaxy as sporting four major, spiral arms.
But new images effectively sever two appendages, revealing the Milky Way has just two major arms.

"We're not proposing that they change the positions of the arms," said Robert Benjamin of the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. "What we're proposing is a change in the emphasis of the arms."
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Benjamin will present his team's results Wednesday here at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).
The results are among a handful of presentations at the meeting to paint an evolving picture of our galactic home base.

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