Milky Way Transit Authority

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Sure, anyone could consult an atlas of the Milky Way Galaxy to see what's all there, but if you think like Samuel Arbesman, that won't do.  He has created a handy station and route map of spiral galaxy as a way of making the immense more accessible.  Introducing the Milky Way Transit Authority.
This map is an attempt to approach our galaxy with a bit more familiarity than usual and get people thinking about long-term possibilities in outer space. Hopefully it can provide as a useful shorthand for our place in the Milky Way, the 'important' sights, and make inconceivable distances a bit less daunting. And while convenient interstellar travel is nothing more than a murky dream, and might always be that way, there is power in creating tools for beginning to wrap our minds around the interconnections of our galactic neighborhood.

Let's see, I need to get to The Hamptons... I'll take the shuttle from Sol to Eagle Nebula station, then to Carina where I swap out on a express ride to Norma.  From there, the long ride past Crab Nebula & Pal2 to New Outer Junction, where I swap again and take the Omega Centauri suburban line into Canis Major.  Whew, it's going to be a long ride!

Bigger image at Link.

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