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It's full of stars! Galactic atlas catalogs 400k Milky Way neighbors

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That is a very interesting article but while we can look out and see what other galaxies are like, such as the M31 Andromeda Galaxy and the M33 Triangulum Galaxy, we cannot yet see what our own home galaxy looks like.

The best rendition so far of what our own barred spiral galaxy really looks like comes from photographer and artist Nick Risinger:

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