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6Sep
2017
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Milky Way Galaxy

The Milky Way Galaxy is our home galaxy in the universe. Milky Way is a Galaxy that comprises of our solar system.

The Milky Way began forming around 12 billion years ago and is part of a group of about 50 galaxies called the Local Group.

A galaxy is a huge bunch of stars clustered together in space. Our solar system—which includes the sun, Earth, and seven other planets—is part of this galaxy

All the stars and planets you can see are part of the Milky Way galaxy. Our galaxy is called the Milky Way because it appears as a milky band of light in the sky when you see it in a really dark area.

The descriptive “milky” is derived from the appearance from Earth of the galaxy – a band of light seen in the night sky formed from stars that cannot be individually distinguished by the naked eye.

Milky Way Galaxy, large spiral system is estimated to contain 100–400 billion stars.

There are probably at least 100 billion planets in the Milky Way.

There are billions of other galaxies in the Universe. Only three galaxies outside our own Milky Way Galaxy can be seen without a telescope, and appear as fuzzy patches in the sky with the naked eye.

 

 

Source: www.en.wikipedia.org / www.imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov / www.kids.nationalgeographic.com
Image Credit: www.kids.nationalgeographic.com

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