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Milky Way Total Perspective Vortex

Total Perspective Vortex 2013

In case you were starting to feel a little self-important as we set out exploring 2013 A.D., I give you a quick immersion in the Total Perspective Vortex. To be clear: that’s the view off the edge of our little planet and into the abyss of the Milky Way galaxy.

Larger version here, if you dare.

(Photo by Andrew Hara, via @SETIInstitute).