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The Galaxy at the End of the Universe

4 Mar 2009, 07:33 UTC
The Galaxy at the End of the Universe
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Douglas Adams fans, rejoice! Via io9, I learn that there is now an actual subway-style map of our galaxy's most traveled "portal stations": It's part of a project called the Milky Way Transit Authority, the brainchild of Harvard computational sociologist...Douglas Adams fans, rejoice! Via io9, I learn that there is now an actual subway-style map of our galaxy's most traveled "portal stations":
It's part of a project called the Milky Way Transit Authority, the brainchild of Harvard computational sociologist Samuel Arbesman, who describes the concept thusly:This map is an attempt to approach our galaxy with a bit more familiarity than usual and get people thinking about long-term possibilities in outer space. Hopefully it can provide as a useful shorthand for our place in the Milky Way, the 'important' sights, and make inconceivable distances a bit less daunting. And while convenient interstellar travel is nothing more than a murky dream, and might always be that way, there is power in creating tools for beginning to wrap our minds around the interconnections of our galactic neighborhood.I have attempted to actually make this map as accurate as possible, where each line corresponds to an arm of our galaxy, and the stations are ...

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