This computer-generated image of the Milky Way shows the entire galaxy in one perspective of a 3-D model. The model incorporates the positions of hundreds of thousands of stars and nebulae within the galaxy, shows Earth's location, and includes additional photographs, descriptions and locations of fascinating phenomena throughout the Milky Way.
20" x 31"
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This is a wonderful presentation of our current understanding of the Milky Way. It contains both the overall view, as well as the local solar neighborhood (although not a view of the Solar System, since that is vanishingly miniscule on this scale, and would be misleading to include).
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Who made this map? Fire them! This map is not made for the general public! We need to see our entire solar system and all the planets in it to be able to relate to it. (even if its only a small blown up portion in the top corner with a tag). Do this and you will sell more maps and even a wallpaper map for an entire wall. Send me your marketing directors paycheque for the month for having to do his job for him!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
From National Geographic:This map was designed to show our solar system's relative position within the entire Milky Way galaxy.