Planet Earth’s Galaxy – The Current State as we know it

Earth, being that is within the Milky Way Galaxy, is surrounded by multiple Arms. These arms are:

– CYGNUS ARM
– CARINA-SAGITTARIUS ARM
– NORMA ARM
– CRUX-SCUTUM ARM
– PERSEUS ARM
– LOCAL OR ORION ARM

CREDIT: BASED ON CALTECH.EDU’S WEB SITE:

What is Earth’s location in space?

Well, Earth is located in the universe in the Virgo Supercluster of galaxies. A supercluster is a group of galaxies held together by gravity. Within this supercluster we are in a smaller group of galaxies called the Local Group. Earth is in the second largest galaxy of the Local Group – a galaxy called the Milky Way. The Milky Way is a large spiral galaxy. Earth is located in one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way (called the Orion Arm) which lies about two-thirds of the way out from the center of the Galaxy. Here we are part of the Solar System – a group of eight planets, as well as numerous comets and asteroids and dwarf planets which orbit the Sun. We are the third planet from the Sun in the Solar System.

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