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Milky Way

"artist's rendering shows a view of our own Milky Way Galaxy and its central bar as it might appear if viewed from above."

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Stars of the Milky Way behind the Herschel telescope in La Palma, Spain (Canary Islands).

Questions for thought

  1. How is the plane of the Milky Way galaxy oriented?

Related resources

  • Galactic survey reveals a new look for the Milky Way
    "According to a massive new survey of stars at the heart of the galaxy by Wisconsin astronomers, including professor of astonomy Edward Churchwell and professor of physics Robert Benjamin, the Milky Way has a definitive bar feature -- some 27,000 light years in length -- that distinguishes it from pedestrian spiral galaxies, as shown in this artist's rendering" (the one we show above).
    University of Madison-Wisconsin
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