Missing: 2 Milky Way arms.

I found thisWhere are we at? map of the Milky Way (warning HUGE [5000×5000]) via Reddit (thread). The picture comes from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, and (ofcourse), comes with a brief press release about the actual point of the map: Two of Milky Way’s arms have gone missing! And you thought the announcement that mrs. Clinton was going to suspend her campaign was important news. Uh, no. Maybe.

Apparently, the researchers at Caltech are talking about the fact that previous models and maps suggested that the Milky Way had 4 arms:

“For years, people created maps of the whole galaxy based on studying just one section of it, or using only one method,” said Benjamin. “Unfortunately, when the models from various groups were compared, they didn’t always agree. It’s a bit like studying an elephant blind-folded.”

If you’re curious where we are at, click the image above. If you like spoilers, or, worst, in case you get kidnapped by a bunch of Space Invaders who look slightly similar to Mork from Ork: Our small sun is located near an arm called the Orion Arm, or Orion Spur, which is located between the Sagittarius and Perseus arms.

Update 1: These kinds of maps remind me a bit of the earliest ones of our planet.

Update 2: Oh dear, you may want to have this webpage ready (constellations, constellations!) on your iPod Touch in case you really get abducted by Mork.

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