Mapping the Milky Way

By Paul Herrick

Page 20 of the Sept. 2014 Astronomy magazine has the attached sketch that gives a newly
discovered cross sectional shape of the Milky Way’s disk.  It is flared, like the horizontal arms
of a Maltese cross.
From The Urantia Book (1955)
42:5.5 3. The short space rays. These are the shortest of all purely electronic vibrations and
represent the preatomic stage of this form of matter. These rays require extraordinarily high
or low temperatures for their production. There are two sorts of these space rays: one
attendant upon the birth of atoms and the other indicative of atomic disruption. They
emanate in the largest quantities from the densest plane of the superuniverse, the Milky
Way, which is also the densest plane of the outer universes.

11:7.3 The vertical cross section of total space would slightly resemble a Maltese cross, with
the horizontal arms representing pervaded (universe) space and the vertical arms
representing unpervaded (reservoir) space. The areas between the four arms would
separate them somewhat as the midspace zones separate pervaded and unpervaded space.
These quiescent midspace zones grow larger and larger at greater and greater distances
from Paradise and eventually encompass the borders of all space and completely
incapsulate both the space reservoirs and the entire horizontal extension of pervaded space.