The European Space Agency just released the most detailed map of the Milky Way ever constructed

You might think of our Solar System as a pretty special place — and considering it's produced the only known example of life, that's probably a fair point of view — but the Milky Way, our home galaxy, is a pretty big place. It's absolutely packed with stars, some 200 billion or thereabouts, and a newly-released data dump from the European Space Agency provides a picture of it with greater detail than ever before.

Using years' worth of data from the ESA's Gaia satellite, the release...

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