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Our Place in the Universe by Mind Map: Our Place in the Universe
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Our Place in the Universe

Our Solar System

Sun

Our star

Center of our solar system

Planets

Surround the sun

Mercury

Venus

Earth, Us, The third planet from the sun

Mars

Jupiter

Saturn

Uranus

Neptun

Part of The Milky Way

Located in the Orion arm of the Milky Way

The Milky Way

Spiral-armed galaxy

100.000 light-years across

Billions of stars

Part of "The Local Group"

Laniakea

Supercluster of galaxies

500 million light-years across

Neighbouring supercluster

Perseus Pisces

The Local Group

Consists of 54 galaxies

Of which the two biggest ones are the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy

10 megalight-years across

Part of the Virgo Supercluster

Virgo Supercluster

Consists of The Local Group and the Virgo cluster

110 million light-years across

Part of a much bigger supercluster of galaxies, named Laniakea

Located on the outskirts of Laniakea

Some names and terms you should know

Supercluster

The universe is basically an intricate network of galaxies

Some regions are almost empty, some densely packed with galaxies. These are called Superclusters

They are the biggest structures in the universe

Andromeda

The nearest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy

Alpha Centauri

Often referred to as the closest star to our sun

But is actually a system of 3 stars, Alpha Centauri A, Alpha Centauri B, Proxima Centauri, Red Dwarf, Closest to our sun, 4.24 light-years away

Light-year

Unit of length for astronomical distances

Distance that light can travel in one year

Light moves at a velocity of about 300.000 km per second

1 ly = 10 trillion kilometers