Map of the Day


Our galaxy, the Milky Way and where we are in it. Interestingly, most planets we have managed to identify are within about 300ly from our Sun.


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  • Pete

    I reckon I can see my house!

  • Dick Brown

    Good to see Norma floating on the coat-tails of Labour’s Manban and cruising to the top spot towards the centre.

  • Daniel

    200,000,000,000 to 400,000,000,000 stars in our galaxy, and then at least that number again of galaxies in the universe.

  • rangitoto

    It’s not really interesting that most known planets are within 300ly of the Sun. It gets harder to detect them when they are further away.

  • Day Day

    It’s great they can use gavitational micro lensing etc, to spot extra-solar planets. These techniques will only get more refined. There are endless wonders out there. When humans are able to travel such vast distances, they’ll have a few good ideas where to go before they set of.

  • cows4me

    How do they know the galaxy looks like that? This perspective would have the viewer some 100,000ly outside the galaxy. I was not aware we had developed warp drive.

    • ex-JAFA

      What’s so special about our galaxy that it’d be different to the many thousands of other observable galaxies?

  • tarkwin

    Seeing that makes me feel as insignificant as David Cunliffe in a tie shop.

  • RightOfGenghis

    What I find extraordinary is that with a good infra red lens you can look unobstructed directly through the centre of saggitarious 27,000 light years right into the core of the galaxy. Of course you’ve got to know where the G spot is…

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Ask Len where the G spot is, I’m sure many women have told him