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If you had the chance to alter your life, would you take it?

Would You Rather See Your Future Or Change Your Past?

Why stars seem brighter this time of year | EarthSky.org

Why stars seem brighter this time of year | EarthSky.org

NGC 1499: The California Nebula  Credit & Copyright: Markus Noller (Deep Sky Images)     What's California doing in space? Drifting through the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy, this cosmic cloud by chance echoes the outline of California on the west coast of the United States. Our own Sun also lies within the Milky Way's Orion Arm, only about 1,500 light-years from the California Nebula. Also known as NGC 1499, the classic emission nebula is around 100 light-years long.

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NGC 1499: The California Nebula Credit & Copyright: Markus Noller (Deep Sky Images) What's California doing in space? Drifting through the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy, this cosmic cloud by chance echoes the outline of California on the west coast of the United States. Our own Sun also lies within the Milky Way's Orion Arm, only about 1,500 light-years from the California Nebula. Also known as NGC 1499, the classic emission nebula is around 100 light-years long.

the Sun is located about 30,000 light years from the Milky Way’s nucleus on the Orion arm, at the center of the little red grid.

the Sun is located about 30,000 light years from the Milky Way’s nucleus on the Orion arm, at the center of the little red grid.

#Astronomy: Our sun is located the #OrionArm, or Orion Spur, of the #MilkyWay galaxy. It’s a minor spiral arm, located between two other arms. Image updated in 2010 by R. Hurt on Wikimedia Commons.

#Astronomy: Our sun is located the #OrionArm, or Orion Spur, of the #MilkyWay galaxy. It’s a minor spiral arm, located between two other arms. Image updated in 2010 by R. Hurt on Wikimedia Commons.

"We Can Now Send Light Signals Across the Universe" --Huge Implications in Search for Alien Intelligence

"We Can Now Send Light Signals Across the Universe" --Huge Implications in Search for Alien Intelligence

Do you know where our solar system is? In one of the Orion´s arms.

Do you know where our solar system is? In one of the Orion´s arms.

Het melkwegstelsel. Spiraalvormig met tussen de 200-400 miljard sterren en 50 miljard planeten. De doorsnede van deze "disk" bedraagt 100.000 lichtjaar. Ons zonnestelsel ligt dicht tegen de Orion arm aan. De naam Melkweg ontstond uit de Griekse mythologie. Hera de moeder van Heracles morste melk tijdens het zogen.

Het melkwegstelsel. Spiraalvormig met tussen de 200-400 miljard sterren en 50 miljard planeten. De doorsnede van deze "disk" bedraagt 100.000 lichtjaar. Ons zonnestelsel ligt dicht tegen de Orion arm aan. De naam Melkweg ontstond uit de Griekse mythologie. Hera de moeder van Heracles morste melk tijdens het zogen.