Glossary term: Galactic bar

Description: Many spiral galaxies have bar, a feature in there central region where most of the stars, gas and dust follow a straight bar feature. The spiral arms of the galaxy then begin beyond the outer edge of this bar. Spiral galaxies with a bar are called barred spiral galaxies. The Milky Way is thought to be a barred spiral galaxy.

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