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Why does the Milky Way spiral on a single plane? Why doesn't it look more like a sphere?

Good question! There are spherical (more accurately called elliptical because they look more like a football than a basketball) galaxies as well as spiral galaxies as well as irregular galaxies. Galaxy formation is not a well understood process, but spirals probably result when the angular momentum of the galactic proto-cloud exceeds some threshold. I don't know of any theories explaining barred spirals which is what we now think is what the Milky Way is.

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