Milky Way galaxy
has tens of billions of stars and Sun is only one among those billions. We now know that
our home Galaxy
is a spiral galaxy and that we live about halfway out from the center. We talk about galactic longitude and galactic latitude. Here is a
nice page to
from the equatorial coordinate system to the galactic coordinate system.
We do not yet have a very detailed
of our home galaxy. Artists have used data to render
fairly detailed illustrations
the appearance of the spiral arms. There are a number of
of the basic data and the spiral arms are
always labeled the same way
from one to another. Yet there are some overall features which we recognize:
three main parts
of the galaxy:
Looking for a particular star?
Find it here!
Here’s the list of all 88 recognized constellations