If you ever wondered what the Milky Way (probably) looks like from the outside, check this out.
Our twin is galaxy NGC 6744, residing about 30 million light-years from the Milky Way in the southern constellation of Pavo. That’s pretty close as cosmic distances go. It’s also quite a large galaxy — about 200,000 light-years across, which is twice the size of the Milky Way. If you could see it with your naked eye, it would appear about two-thirds the apparent size of the full moon.