Saturday 19 December 2020

Astronomers produce most detailed 3D map yet of the Milky Way

The first accurate 3D map of the Milky Way has been unveiled by the European Space Agency which could help shed fresh light on the Galaxy.

The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System. The name describes the galaxy's appearance from Earth: a band of light seen in the night sky formed from stars that cannot be individually distinguished without zooming in.

The structure of the Milky Way is thought to be similar to this galaxy: UGC 12158.

The Milky Way is the second-largest galaxy in the Local Group (after the Andromeda Galaxy).

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