Picture of the Day: December 6, 2011

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THE PINWHEEL COMES ALIVE | A beautiful image of M83, the Pinwheel Galaxy, showing what our own galaxy might look like from outside. Spitzer Space Telescope, via National Geographic.


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Purple Dave

So, this brings up an interesting question. Why haven't we sent a probe either up or down (in terms of the galactic plane) so it can get a better view of the shape of the galaxy than we ever can by sending it in the other four basic directions? I mean, can you imagine one hundred generations from now, receiving a top-down photo of the Milky Way Galaxy from outside of our actual galaxy?