What Does the Milky Way Look Like?/银河系究竟像什么?

In spite of much work, the overall spiral structure morphology of the Milky Way remains somewhat uncertain. In the last two decades, accurate distance measurements have provided us with an opportunity to solve this issue. Using the precise locations of very young objects, for the first time, we propose that our galaxy has a multiple-arm morphology that consists of two-arm symmetry (the Perseus and Norma Arms) in the inner parts and that extends to the outer parts, where there are several long, irregular arms (the Centaurus, Sagittarius, Carina, Outer, and Local Arms).

Renxin XU
Thursday, October 12, 2023 - 3:30PM to Thursday, October 12, 2023 - 4:30PM
Dr. Ye Xu is a radio astronomer. His major areas of research are in the formation of massive stars and Galactic structure, in particular through measuring the trigonometric parallax of masers and using Gaia young stellar objects to reconstruct the spiral arm structure of the Milky Way.