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Mapping the Far Side of the Milky Way


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    wherever you live on planet Earth, is tucked into a scattering of stars called the Orion Spur, which slips between the arms of our Milky Way galaxy like a mistake between a cookie’s cinnamon swirls. On one side of the Orion Spur, towards the edge of the galaxy, rings the Perseus Arm; between our neighborhood and the center of the galaxy loops the Scutum-Centaurus Arm. Unlike the Orion Spur, which tapers out into just a bit beyond the Sun, the Scutum-Centaurus Arm keeps going—and going, plausibly even looping around the Milky Way.

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