Intergalactic tube map of Milky Way

Science visualization as reassuring illustrative shorthand. “‘I did the map to make something that is extremely complex a bit more familiar to people – every stop is about a thousand light years away.’ He added: ‘Hopefully it can provide as a useful shorthand for our place in the Milky Way, the important sights and make inconceivable distances a bit less daunting.'”

Our humble planetary abode situated in the celestial equivalent of Turnpike Lane. Seems about right.

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