As far as we can see with our ever-improving telescopes, there are at least a hundred billion galaxies throughout the universe. Each, like the Milky Way, is an "island universe" containing billions of stars.
This map uses graphic "leaps of scale" to show how our solar system fits within the vastness of the universe. The map also includes a universe timeline and a description of its evolution.
20" x 31"
National Geographic is a renowned authority in cartography. For 120 years the Society's maps have helped spread geographic knowledge around the globe. A vast database allows National Geographic to combine the latest data gained by space-age technology with innovative digital mapping techniques to create state-of-the-art political, physical, and thematic maps. The Society's meticulous research and attention to detail have established a standard of achievement that is unparalleled.