Mapping the “warp” In the Milky Way

A team of international astronomers, including some from OSU, have worked up the most detailed Milk Way galaxy model to date, especially the so-called Milky Way warp.
Researchers stated that one of the problems has been they are trying model something that we are inside of—it isn’t as if we can step outside of the Milk Way to look in and around it.

Until recently astronomers thought the galaxy was a perfectly flat, disk like spiral with long arms. It was this research team’s new model that revealed the “warp” and is some of the first evidence to indicate the galaxy may not be a flat plane.

New information reveals the warp is even more pronounced than initially thought. When they started their mapping, the team saw from the star imaging that there was significant warp at the edges of the Milky Way galaxy.

The astronomers’ findings are helping them understand the structure of the galaxy and they help researchers understand how the galaxy formed.