G=EMC^2 Glazier wrote:

The velocity curve of our galaxy is pretty flat (the implications in mainstream
astronomy being the presence of dark matter). This means that for all intents
and purposes, we would be traveling around the galaxy much the same relative
speed as material on the far side, keeping the bulge more or less between us.

But, more important, there is a lot of dust in the plane of our galaxy which
effectively blocks visible light. We cannot see stars into the middle of the
nuclear bulge, let alone the far side because of this dust.

Then, of course, there is the dimming of light with distance. If our star would
be barely visible to the unaided eye in a dark night sky if it was roughly 10
parsecs or 32 lightyears away, how much dimmer would such a star be at roughly
50,000, to 70,000 lightyears away.