Q&A: General Astronomy and Space Science
At what distance, position and angle are we from the galactic plane?
We're actually sitting in the galactic plane, orbiting at a
radius of about 8 kiloparsecs, or 26,000 light years from the center of the
For a nice drawing of the Milky Way galaxy and our position in it, see
And we have some additional illustrations at
The Chandra web pages have a helpful discussion of galactic coordinates:
and beautiful images of the galactic center, in X-ray and other