This artist’s impression shows how the Milky Way galaxy would look from very different perspectives than we get from the Earth. From some angles the central bulge shows up as a peanut shaped glowing ball of stars and from above the central narrow bar appears clearly. The many spiral arms and their associated dust clouds are also clearly seen.
Video credit: ESO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/M. Kornmesser/R. Hurt
Note: For more information, see The Peanut at the Heart of our Galaxy.