5000 LY

Our corner of the galaxy, in the Orion Arm. Within your view there are 600 million stars

The Sun is located in the Orion Arm - a fairly minor arm compared with the Sagittarius Arm, which is located closer to the galactic centre. The map shows several stars visible with the naked eye which are located deep within the Orion arm. The most notable group of stars here are main stars in the constellation of Orion - from which the spiral arm gets its name. All of these stars are bright giant & supergiant stars. The most luminous star on the map is Rho Cassiopeia - to us 4000 light years away, it is a dim naked eye star, but in reality it is a huge supergiant star 100 000 times brighter than our Sun

The Solar Neighborhood