Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have agreeably given we Earthlings a pretty good idea of what our Milky Way galaxy would look like, were we looking at it from the depths of intergalactic space. The ESO describes its snap of NGC 6744 as "almost a picture postcard" of our home, featuring "striking spiral …
So where's the ...
"You are Here" arrow?
(and the "Your luggage is over here" arrow)
Make your mind up
I thought the Milky Way is a barred spiral these days?
Re : Make your mind up
"I thought the Milky Way is a barred spiral these days?"
Me too - and with a warped, third arm (no tittering at the back there please)
A barred spiral?
A bar does appear in the picture in the article. The filtering process may have a bit to do with it not being more prominent.
What Bar where? - Dave, of the Winchester club
Yes, if the bar is that faint this aint a bar galaxy doods.
"All we are is dust in the wind dude!" - Bill & Ted
And if you just look closely...
at the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm, you can just see where they are building the Hyperspace bypass. They need to get rid of that insignificant little blue-green planet though.
@"unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm"
I was thinking something very similar ... especially this following bit of the news, which sounded like an alien estate agent was trying to sell it to us, i.e. ... "striking spiral arms wrapping around a dense, elongated nucleus and a dusty disc"
Sounds wonderful, I can't wait! ... When can I move in! :)
WTF the link?
Come on now....
I can see my house from here...
..and further proof we don't need any gods to explain it all.
What happened to..
... my favourite icon?
Aarrgh. I am about to explode and you do not want to see resulting the mess.
Mr Creosote and then some.
how exactly does this
disprove god ?
....it's a parallel dimension. Best ask Magical Trevor if that's where the cow went.
It's not just a galaxy like our own
it IS our own galaxy . All the intervening distance is just once round the hyperdimensional circumference of the cosmos.
Far-fetched? Should be easy to prove. Directly behind it will be yet another image of our own galaxy, formed by light which has gone twice round the daffodils to reach us.
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