The Milky Way
This map shows the full of the Milky Way – a spiral of at least two hundred stars. Our is buried deep within the Orion Arm about 26 000 from the centre. Towards the centre of the Galaxy the stars are packed together much closer than they are we live. Notice also the presence of globular clusters of stars which well outside the plane of the Galaxy, and notice too the presence of a nearby dwarf galaxy – the dwarf – which is slowly being swallowed up by our own galaxy.