Our Milky Way Galaxy in 3D!



Out of a total of about 400 billion stars in our Milky Way Galaxy, more than 100,000 are portrayed in this beautiful and interactive visualization made by Chrome Experiments.  You have a 3D model of our galactic neighborhood with 119,617 stars and their location relative to our Solar System and each other.

Out of those 400 billion stars in our galaxy, which is about 10,000 for every grain of sand here back on Earth, 20 billion are similar in size to our sun. A fifth of these have a rocky planet which is in the Habitable Zone. This zone is the area within any given solar system where the heat and radiation from the parent star are at the right levels to harbor life. Just like our planet is in our ow solar system. It’s not too hot and not too cold; just perfect.

And if just 0.1% of these could be home to alien life forms, then there are roughly 1 million inhabited planets in the Milky Way. This model only shows roughly 120,000 stars, but you can imagine what a million looks like, let alone 400 billion!

This is a great tool to make us have an idea just how small we are in the grand scheme of things and to wonder why we continue on fighting on among ourselves and not try to find a way to access that infinity.