"The Milky Way is like a big, flat disk in space. We are looking into the wide part of the disk when we look at the band across the sky."
"The filament of star clusters and small galaxies around the Milky Way is like the umbilical cord that fed our Galaxy during its youth."
"Orbiting around the center of the Milky Way is like being on a merry-go-round that never stops. Our view of the universe constantly changes, but very slowly!"
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.