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Where is our galaxy in the universe?

Sun orbits center of Milky Way galaxy

A word about our Milky Way galaxy within the Local Group, and the Virgo Cluster and Supercluster.


The Milky Way galaxy is one of a few dozen galaxies known as the Local Group.

Astronomers have discovered that our Local Group is on the outskirts of a giant cluster of several thousand galaxies – which astronomers call the Virgo Cluster.

We also know of an irregular supercluster of galaxies, which contains the Virgo Cluster, which in turn contains our Local Group, which in turn contains our Milky Way galaxy and the nearby and Andromeda galaxy. At least 100 galaxy groups and clusters are located within this Virgo Supercluster. Its diameter is thought to be about 110 million light-years.

Yet the Virgo Supercluster is one of millions of superclusters in the observable universe.

To our knowledge, there’s no center of the universe – and no edge. So – beyond our Local Group, the Virgo Cluster and the Virgo Supercluster – it gets tougher to describe our galaxy’s location relative to any special or fixed reference points in space.

Artist's illustration of our Local Group via Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

Artist’s illustration of our Local Group via Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

Artist's concept of the Virgo Supercluster, via Wikimedia Commons.

Artist’s concept of the Virgo Supercluster, via Wikimedia Commons. Look toward the center to find our Local Group.

Bottom line: A word about our Milky Way galaxy within the Local Group, and the Virgo Cluster and Supercluster.

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The Good Force be with you!

Thanks, Sonja, for sharing! Good posts & keep it up!

Our Milky Way Galaxy is at the center of the Universe and will remain the center of attention of other galaxies.

Live forever & prosper! Alleluia! Amen! <3 O:) *

Thank you Sonja,

I like this pictorial and explanation of where we are located. I have saved it for future reference.



Which spiral arm of the Milky Way contains our sun?

Many know our Milky Way is a spiral galaxy. But where within this vast spiral structure do our sun and Earth reside?

We live in an island of stars called the Milky Way, and many know that our Milky Way is a spiral galaxy. In fact, it’s a barred spiral galaxy, which means that our galaxy probably has just two major spiral arms, plus a central bar that astronomers are only now beginning to understand. But where within this vast spiral structure do our sun and its planets reside? Our galaxy is about 100,000 light-years wide. We’re about 25,000 light-years from the center of the galaxy. It turns out we’re not located in one of the Milky Way’s two primary spiral arms. Instead, we’re located in a minor arm of the galaxy. Our local spiral arm is sometimes Orion Arm, or sometimes the Orion Spur. It’s between the Sagittarius and Perseus Arms of the Milky Way. The image below shows it.

Our sun is located the Orion Arm, or Orion Spur, of the Milky Way galaxy. It’s a minor spiral arm, located between two other arms. Image updated in 2010 by R. Hurt on Wikimedia Commons.

Our local Orion Arm of the Milky Way is some 3,500 light years across. It’s approximately 10,000 light years in length. Our sun, the Earth, and all the other planets in our solar system reside within this Orion Arm. We’re located close to the inner rim of this spiral arm, about halfway along its length.

The Orion Arm, or Orion Spur, has other names as well. It’s sometimes simply called the Local Arm, or the Orion-Cygnus Arm, or the Local Spur. The Orion Arm is named for the constellation Orion the Hunter, which is one of the most prominent constellations of Northern Hemisphere winter (Southern Hemisphere summer). Some of the brightest stars and most famous celestial objects of this constellation (Betelgeuse, Rigel, the stars of Orion’s Belt, the Orion Nebula) are neighbors of sorts to our sun, located within the Orion Arm. That’s why we see so many bright objects within the constellation Orion – because when we look at it, we’re looking into our own local spiral arm.

Go here to see illustrations of Orion’s stars within the Orion Arm

Artist’s concept of what astronomers now believe is the overall structure of the spiral arms in our Milky Way galaxy. Image via NASA and Wikimedia Commons.

Botton line: The sun resides within a minor spiral arm of the galaxy, called the Orion Arm. This post explains more and has artist’s illustrations.

This is not the Milky Way. We can’t, of course, get outside the Milky Way to take its picture. This is another barred spiral galaxy, known as NGC 1300. See how it has just two major spiral arms? The Milky Way’s structure is apparently more complex, but, like this galaxy, it is thought to have just two major spiral arms. Photo via Hubble Space Telescope.

Thank you for the infos!

You're welcome, Melvin :-)

Love having this information!

Thank you for sharing more of it,


Use constellation Cassiopeia to find Andromeda galaxy


Tonight for November 15, 2014

Moon Phase Courtesy U.S. Naval Observatory

Tonight … find the Andromeda galaxy, the next-nearest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way.

David Smith of Michigan wrote:

What is the easiest way to find the Andromeda galaxy at this time of year? I tried a couple times with my telescope but had no luck.

The image at right shows the view of the Andromeda galaxy through a telescope. But we hope you’re not looking through the eyepiece of your telescope when sweeping through the sky for this galaxy. That would be hard. You need a wider field of view to spot the galaxy.

For starters, try scanning for the Andromeda galaxy with the unaided eye or binoculars. In a dark sky, you might spot it, as the early stargazers did before the days of star charts and optical aid. The Andromeda galaxy is a large hazy patch in the night sky.

But what if you can’t find the Andromeda galaxy just by looking in a dark sky? Many stargazers star-hop via the W-shaped constellation, Cassiopeia – shown on the chart on the top of the page. Cassiopeia appears in the northeast sky at nightfall and swings high to the north as evening progresses. It’s shaped like an M or W. Note that one half of the W is more deeply notched than the other half. This deeper V is your “arrow” in the sky, pointing to the Andromeda galaxy.

Remember, on a dark night, this galaxy looks like a faint smudge of light.

Once you’ve found it, try again with binoculars or your telescope. The Andromeda galaxy is about 2.5 million light-years away, just a hop and a skip in astronomical terms. Like our Milky Way, this large spiral galaxy is teeming with hundreds of billions of stars.

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Andromeda Galaxy from Chris Levitan Photography.

Bottom line: What’s the easiest way to find the Andromeda galaxy? Many use the constellation Cassiopeia, which is shaped like an M or W.

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Thank you Sonja for this sharing.  Bless you with love & light



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