July 15, 2008

Milky Way … where we are?

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Milky Way Galaxy It's easy to look at maps, and even photos of galaxies, to see where something lies. Not so easy, though, to see our Milky Way galaxy when we're flat in the middle of it. Or somewhere.

See, we can't tell, because we can't look at it from an external position. And the darn thing is pretty big, so who's to say where our sun is?

But now, the good folks at NASA.gov who give us the Astronony Picture of the Day have provided us with an illustration based upon some evidence of what the Milky Way looks like from an external vantage point. Cursor over it to see the positions plotted.

So now, no one can tell you you don't know where you are.

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