Most bright stars in our Milky Way Galaxy reside in a disk. Since our Sun also resides in this disk, these stars appear to us as a diffuse band that circles the sky.

Most bright stars in our Milky Way Galaxy reside in a disk. Since our Sun also resides in this disk, these stars appear to us as a diffuse band that circles the sky.

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This photo illustration depicts a view of the night sky just before the predicted merger between our Milky Way galaxy and the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. Image released May 31, 2012.

This photo illustration depicts a view of the night sky just before the predicted merger between our Milky Way galaxy and the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. Image released May 31, 2012.

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The Milky Way galaxy is our home in space. It is a vast galaxy of 400 billion stars, at least that many planets and a supermassive black hole at the center.

The Milky Way galaxy is our home in space. It is a vast galaxy of 400 billion stars, at least that many planets and a supermassive black hole at the center.

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The Milky Way - 84 Million Stars in 9 Billion Pixels via petapixel: The image is a composite of thousands of photos shot by the VISTA survey camera by Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. if you were to print out this image as a standard book photograph, it would be nearly 30-feet wide and 23-feet. Here is the link to the zoomable image. http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1242a/zoomable/  #Astronomy #Milky_Way

The Milky Way - 84 Million Stars in 9 Billion Pixels via petapixel: The image is a composite of thousands of photos shot by the VISTA survey camera by Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. if you were to print out this image as a standard book photograph, it would be nearly 30-feet wide and 23-feet. Here is the link to the zoomable image. http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1242a/zoomable/ #Astronomy #Milky_Way

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Our sun is located about two-thirds of the way out from the center of the Milky Way. Illustration via Caltech.

Our sun is located about two-thirds of the way out from the center of the Milky Way. Illustration via Caltech.

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The Milky Way shines over a swing at Lily Bay State Park on Moosehead Lake, Maine, USA by AaronPriestPhoto

The Milky Way shines over a swing at Lily Bay State Park on Moosehead Lake, Maine, USA by AaronPriestPhoto

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The Majority Of Stars In Our Galaxy (The Milky Way) Reside In A Single Huge Disc Known As "The Galactic Plane" (Spanning 100 000 Light-Years Across). The Sun Also Resides In This Crowded Stellar Hub, Lying Roughly Halfway Between It's Center & It's Outer Edges

The Majority Of Stars In Our Galaxy (The Milky Way) Reside In A Single Huge Disc Known As "The Galactic Plane" (Spanning 100 000 Light-Years Across). The Sun Also Resides In This Crowded Stellar Hub, Lying Roughly Halfway Between It's Center & It's Outer Edges

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The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is one of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbors. Even though it is a small, or so-called dwarf galaxy, the SMC is so bright that it is visible to the unaided eye from the Southern Hemisphere and near the equator. Many navigators, including Ferdinand Magellan who lends his name to the SMC, used it to help find their way across the oceans.

The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is one of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbors. Even though it is a small, or so-called dwarf galaxy, the SMC is so bright that it is visible to the unaided eye from the Southern Hemisphere and near the equator. Many navigators, including Ferdinand Magellan who lends his name to the SMC, used it to help find their way across the oceans.

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The Milky Way over Teide National Park ~ Tenerife Canary Islands, Spain. Centered around 3718 m Mount Teide, the highest mountain of Spain and the islands of the Atlantic and it is the third largest volcano in the world from its base on the ocean floor. www.aleisurelife.com/familytime

The Milky Way over Teide National Park ~ Tenerife Canary Islands, Spain. Centered around 3718 m Mount Teide, the highest mountain of Spain and the islands of the Atlantic and it is the third largest volcano in the world from its base on the ocean floor. www.aleisurelife.com/familytime

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