A Map of the Visible Universe.

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Map of the Universe

In the image of the finest zoom in the map, you can see the closest stars to the Solar System. Alpha Centauri seems to be following the road to the centre of the galaxy taking the first detour to the right.

http://www.anzwers.org/free/universe/superc.html - via Kirai on the Go

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That's a simple one, Alex! It is named, like many stars, after the person that first found it. In this case, that person is E. E. Barnard who first noted it in 1916.

For more information on E. E. Barnard check out Wikipedia! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Emerson_Barnard
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