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Message 63217 - Posted: 12 Mar 2015, 7:24:37 UTC

Dr. Newberg was mentioned in RPI's on-line newsletter on 2015-03-09: The Corrugated Galaxy—Milky Way May Be Much Larger Than Previously Estimated

Findings Led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Researchers Published in the Astrophysical Journal

The Milky Way galaxy is at least 50 percent larger than is commonly estimated, according to new findings that reveal that the galactic disk is contoured into several concentric ripples. The research, conducted by an international team led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Heidi Jo Newberg, revisits astronomical data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey which, in 2002, established the presence of a bulging ring of stars beyond the known plane of the Milky Way.


Read a publicly available version of the research article

Watch a 20-minute video explaining the findings for the general public

Watch a 50-minute video explaining the findings in greater detail

... It also was mentioned in an article in The Register: Does my star look big in this? Milky Way 50 per cent fatter than expected
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