From the October 2009 issue

Bob Berman’s Strange Universe: Milky Way mysteries

December 2009: After centuries of observations, studies of our galaxy still reveal bizarre features.
By | Published: October 26, 2009 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Bob Berman

Through countless centuries, a frustrating mystery sprawled across the sky: What was that strange glowing band? Mesoamericans pictured it as the path to heaven taken by the dead. Medieval Europeans called it Via Galactica, the “milk road.”