The most accurate 3-D map of our Milky Way galaxy has been revealed by astronomers.
The 3-D Milky Way map was created using data from the Gaia Space Probe of the European Space Agency which has been scanning stars since 2013.
It is hoped that it will shed new light on the map of the galaxy we call home.
This allows astronomers to measure acceleration and anticipate how much the universe has expanded since the dawn of time.
There are an impressive 1.8 billion stars on the map.
ESA unveiled the map and uploaded an enchanting YouTube video about the stars’ move to the Milky Way.
The ESA stated: “The new Gaia data has allowed astronomers to locate different populations of old and young stars towards the very edge of our galaxy – the galactic anticenter.
“Computer models predicted that the Milky Way’s disk will grow larger over time as new stars are born.
“New data allows us to see the remains of ancient discs 10 billion years old and therefore set a smaller range than the current disk size of the Milky Way.”
The new 3D map was revealed, as claimed by another group of researchers, that the Earth is closer to the black hole in the center of our galaxy than before.
There is a large black hole in the Milky Way, called Dhanu A *.
Astronomers at Japan’s National Astronomical Observatory used their own data collected over 15 years to produce another Milky Way map.
He estimated the position of the Earth relative to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
In 1985, the Earth was thought to be 27,700 light years away from Sagittarius A *.
The new map puts it 25,800 light years away.
Scientists think that the Earth will be pulled inside a black hole, but there is no need to panic.
25,800 light years away is a large distance so the Earth will not be anywhere near Sagittarius A * for long.
A light year operates at about six trillion miles.