Tuesday, January 3, 2012


For a long time, astronomers have known that the galaxy in which our planet - and solar system - resides, the Milky Way, is a spiral galaxy. It was assumed that the arms of this galaxy were curvilinear. However, research has shown that the Milky Way's spiral arms may, in fact, be bent at right angles, making the overall look and shape of the Galaxy more akin to that of a square.

In reality though, the actual appearance of the galaxy would be that of a swastika. The swastika is not a very popular symbol in the West. But outside of the West, this symbol carries a completely different meaning. And there is no doubt that the millions of avid Hindus, Buddhists and Taoists would be very happy to know that there sacred symbol - the Manji - is cymatically displayed in the shape of the galaxy itself. As the galaxy cart-wheels through the intergalactic space, it serves as a kind of beacon, or reminder of their entire philosophy of life.

If the arms of the Milky Way are bent at right-angles, then, I speculate that the galactic material must be contained within a cube/square-shape boundary. I further suggest that this boundary is some kind of electromagnetic force field. I noticed this occurrence while making a cup of tea in a particularly square-shaped mug. Upon stirring the tea, I watched as the resultant vortex formed distinct right angles spiraling into towards the centre. This immediately reminded me of the aforementioned discovery, and led me to suspect that the Galactic magnetic field (which essentially holds the entire galaxy together) must be, in some way square, like this cup.

While it is generally well-known that magnetic fields are not square but round, they do have internal features consistent with the geometry of a square. For instance, they have a straight line interior fanning out at near ninety degree angles to produce an almost barrel-shaped interior. Compare this to the horizontal cross-section of the magnetic plane, which Wikipedia assures me is completely spherical, and it is obvious that my theory stands or falls to the degree with which the galaxy rotates within either the vertical or horizontal magnetic plane. Luckily for me, it is known that the rotational plane of our galaxy is known to generally run along the vertical magnetic plane. I discovered this interesting bit of information in a study conducted by Bryan M Gaensler, entitled Morphological Studies of Extragalactic Supernova Remnants, which can be found here;

Interestingly, this paper also discusses the phenomenon of "barrel"-shaped supernova remnants within our own galaxy,

A recent study of "barrel"-shaped supernova remnants (SNRs) in our own Galaxy has shown that the symmetry axes of these SNRs line up with the Galactic Plane. This result indicates that the ambient Galactic magnetic field (known to generally run along the Plane) affects the evolution of these SNRs in some way.
Just how it might do this is unclear. Perhaps the extreme energy release of the SNR harmonizes it with the Galactic magnetic field, in much the same way that different particles and forces become unified at high-energies in the Theory of Supersymmetry, but this is mere conjecture.

To conclude, I think that the barrel-shaped magnetic field of the Milky Way causes the rotating arms of the Galaxy to become constrained, or to slow down, and thereby adopt the resonant structure of the field as a whole; albeit geometrically inverted.

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