Wow! Check out this fantastic time-lapse video, Ancients. It was shot from the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile where the skies are amazingly dark and clear.
Ancients from Nicholas Buer on Vimeo.
The perspective of being much farther south brings out parts of the Milky Way Galaxy that aren't visible to those of us who live in the north. It is easy to see from the video that our perspective on our spiral galaxy is from the side. Compare the view to this pic from the Mt. Lemmon Sky Center's Adam Block of edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 4565.