The bar and spiral arms in the Milky Way: structure and kinematics

  title={The bar and spiral arms in the Milky Way: structure and kinematics},
  author={Juntai Shen and Xing-wu Zheng},
  journal={Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics},
The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy with the Schechter characteristic luminosity L*, thus an important anchor point of the Hubble sequence of all spiral galaxies. Yet the true appearance of the Milky Way has remained elusive for centuries. We review the current best understanding of the structure and kinematics of our home galaxy, and present an updated scientifically accurate visualization of the Milky Way structure with almost all components of the spiral arms, along with the COBE image in the… 

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