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    http://www.eso.org/outreach/press-re.../pr-08-04.html

    ESO Press Release 08/04
    6 April 2004

    Milky Way Past Was More Turbulent Than Previously Known
    Results of 1001 observing nights shed new light on our Galaxy [1]

    Summary

    A team of astronomers from Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden [2] has
    achieved a major breakthrough in our understanding of the Milky Way, the
    galaxy in which we live.

    After more than 1,000 nights of observations spread over 15 years, they
    have determined the spatial motions of more than 14,000 solar-like stars
    residing in the neighbourhood of the Sun.

    For the first time, the changing dynamics of the Milky Way since its
    birth can now be studied in detail and with a stellar sample
    sufficiently large to allow a sound analysis. The astronomers find that
    our home galaxy has led a much more turbulent and chaotic life than
    previously assumed.


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    Default Milky Way Past Was More Turbulent Than Previously Known

    Victor <victor@victor.net> wrote in message news:<c51lhq$8lv$1@ctb-nnrp2.saix.net>...
    <snip>

    For those of you into galactic structure, I particularly liked the
    artist's view of solar neighborhood, minus many of the intervening
    stars between Sol and the Sagittarus Arm, looking at the Sag-Ophi dark
    clouds, with some sense of three-dimensionality:

    http://www.eso.org/outreach/press-re...04-preview.jpg

    Might be something to save or print off, for when you are trying to
    explain dark clouds bewteen Sol and the galactic core at star parties
    this summer. - Kurt

 

 

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