More detailed and precise 3D map of Galaxy revealed

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New Delhi : Astronomers have released the most detailed and precise 3D map of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The new map has been created with the help of data collected by the European Space Agency’s Gaia space probe that has been scanning the stars since 2013.

In the photo released by the ESA, a trail of 40,000 stars can be seen moving in the sky.

Meanwhile, a set of researchers have said that the earth is moving towards black hole. The galaxy has a massive black hole at the center called Sagittarius A*.

Interestingly, the new photo shows that the black hole is just 25,800 light-years away. However, it is no reason to worry as it is a huge distance and Earth is not going to be pulled anytime soon.

The new data from the map could help scientists unravel many mysteries about the solar system’s future and the universe’s expansion.

Data from this map shows the location and movement of under two billion stars. It can give highly accurate measurements of about 300,000 stars within 326 light-years of our solar system.

Also, the map shows that the orbit of our solar system is accelerating towards the center of the Milky Way galaxy by 7 millimeters per second.