Hey Space Placers!
We live inside a barred spiral galaxy called the Milky Way Galaxy. It is hard to know what our galaxy looks like because we are inhabitants - imagine trying to figure out what your house looks like on the outside while confined forever to a small section on the inside.
Astronomers have made progress in trying to put together the pieces as to what our Galaxy looks like. Research is ongoing and you can read more about it here: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/122615774.html
Our Galaxy is beautiful - if you get outside this summer at a dark sky site you will be able to see this for yourself.
Sky Guy in VA