30 jul. 2016

This Probe will Self-Destruct: Protecting Potential Aliens in The Latest in Astronomy News

The more we study it, the universe continues to become curiouser and curiouser, and the last few weeks have been no exception: X marks the center of the galaxy; one of Saturn's rings was broken; and NASA plans to destroy Juno space probe -- to protect aliens?

Astronomers at the Max Planck Institute and the University of Toronto have verified the existence of an extremely large X-shaped arrangement of stars at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, a structure that was hinted at by previous observations of other galaxies and computer models. From Earth's point of view, the galaxy's central bulge of millions of stars looks like a peanut shape, with the X-structure being an integral part of this.

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