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February 24, 2009

Milky Way Transit Authority

Milky Way Transit Authority map

Nothing like a good map to help you get your bearings. That's true when you're in an unfamiliar city, or an unfamiliar country, so why wouldn't it also be true with an unfamiliar galaxy?

Samuel Arbesman, a postdoc at Harvard University, has just the thing to help you find your way around this vast collection of stars we call home. He's created a map of the Milky Way galaxy in the style of Harry Beck's iconic map of the London Underground. The lines correspond to the spiral arms of the Galaxy, and our own neighborhood rates a minor station (the Sol stop on the Orion line).

Arbesman has a page describing his map. You can also download a PDF of it there.

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at February 24, 2009 10:43 PM

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