Lost in space? Check out this map of the Milky Way

A view of the Milky Way and neighbouring galaxies, containing more than a billion stars in an image provided by the European Space Agency.
A view of the Milky Way and neighbouring galaxies, containing more than a billion stars in an image provided by the European Space Agency.PHOTO: NYTIMES

Call it a galaxy in a bottle.

Last month, astronomers in Europe released a three-dimensional map of the Milky Way. It is the most detailed survey ever produced of our home galaxy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2018, with the headline 'Lost in space? Check out this map of the Milky Way'. Print Edition | Subscribe