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The Far Side Of Our Galaxy Has Been “Seen” For The First Time Ever

Being unable to see the wood for the trees is a fairly common idiom, though we could just as easily say we can’t see the Milky Way for the stars. Thanks to recent research based on an old astronomy trick, we now have a more accurate idea of where objects are on the other side of the galaxy, filling in key details to the map of our own cosmic backyard.

As familiar as the night sky might be, sitting smack bang in the middle of our own galaxy makes it a little harder to get a complete picture of how it looks from the outside. The fact it’s a flattened disc doesn’t help matters much; the best we can do is find ways to measure the relative positions of stars and plot them on a 3D map.