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.

“Our Milky Way - The Galactic Center This Hubble image show’s a region of the Milky Way’s galactic center. The brightest regions of the Galactic center can be found in the...

“Our Milky Way - The Galactic Center This Hubble image show’s a region of the Milky Way’s galactic center. The brightest regions of the Galactic center can be found in the...

Space...The Milky Way. The Milky Way is the spiral galaxy where our solar system lives. It is 100,000 light years in diameter and 1000 light years thick at the center of the galactic disk. There are 200-400 billion stars in the Milky Way. Our Sun is 26,400 light years from the galactical center. On a dark night, we can see a faint hazy whitish band of starlight spanning the sky. That band is the Milky Way galaxy.

Space...The Milky Way. The Milky Way is the spiral galaxy where our solar system lives. It is 100,000 light years in diameter and 1000 light years thick at the center of the galactic disk. There are 200-400 billion stars in the Milky Way. Our Sun is 26,400 light years from the galactical center. On a dark night, we can see a faint hazy whitish band of starlight spanning the sky. That band is the Milky Way galaxy.

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

The Pistol Star: A Brilliant Star in Milky Ways Core, Credit: Don F. Figer (UCLA) and NASA

The Pistol Star: A Brilliant Star in Milky Ways Core, Credit: Don F. Figer (UCLA) and NASA

Have you ever seen the band of our Milky Way Galaxy? The band of the Milky Way can be spotted by almost anyone on almost any clear night when far enough from a city and surrounding bright lights. This band is the disk of our spiral galaxy. Since we are inside this disk, the band appears to encircle the Earth. (Image: Keith Marsh 2013, Milky Way and Delicate Arch, Arches National Park near Moab, Utah).

Have you ever seen the band of our Milky Way Galaxy? The band of the Milky Way can be spotted by almost anyone on almost any clear night when far enough from a city and surrounding bright lights. This band is the disk of our spiral galaxy. Since we are inside this disk, the band appears to encircle the Earth. (Image: Keith Marsh 2013, Milky Way and Delicate Arch, Arches National Park near Moab, Utah).

See Explanation.  Moving the cursor over the image will bring up an alternate version.  Clicking on the image will bring up the highest resolution version  available.

See Explanation. Moving the cursor over the image will bring up an alternate version. Clicking on the image will bring up the highest resolution version available.

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