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A Tall Milky Way Flickr by Luis Argerich. A Vertical panorama of the Milky Way after twilight. The central bulge of the Milky Way is clearly visible at Sagitarius. The great rift in the middle and the dark coalsack nebula are also visible contrasting against the bright sky.
The Milky Way Galaxy ~ a spiral galaxy consisting of over 400 billion stars , plus gas and dust arranged into three general components as shown to the left: The halo - a roughly spherical distribution which contains the oldest stars in the Galaxy, The nuclear bulge and Galactic Center. The disk, which contains the majority of the stars, including the sun, and virtually all of the gas and dust