Why our 'freakish' galaxy has got cosmologists seriously worried
ESO/S. Guisard It has long been assumed that our galaxy is a classic example of many of the galaxies that pepper the cosmos. That’s important, because astronomers have intensely studied the Milky Way and, with this assumption, can use what they find to inform their view of the wider universe. But what if our neck of the woods isn’t that normal after all?