The Milky Way galaxy as drifts beyond Mt. Hood, as seen from the beautiful Lost Lake in Oregon

The Milky Way galaxy as drifts beyond Mt. Hood, as seen from the beautiful Lost Lake in Oregon

The Milky Way galaxy as drifts beyond Mt. Hood as seen from the beautiful Lost Lake in Oregon [OC] -steveschwindt

Milky Way Rising. A vertically stitched panorama photo of the Milky Way. By: Tyler Jones

Milky Way Rising. A vertically stitched panorama photo of the Milky Way. By: Tyler Jones (panorama)

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.

A Milky Way Band: John P. Gleason, Celestial Images APOD 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.

Milky Way Galaxy looming over Wilson Beach in Australia ~ The mystery of why the Milky Way has always been sideways in the night sky may have been answered. Scientists from University of VA and MA announced that the Sun, the Moon, our planet and its siblings, were not born into the familiar band of stars known as the Milky Way galaxy, but we actually belong to a strange formation with the unfamiliar name of the Sagittarius Dwarf galaxy!

The Milky Way at Wilsons Beach (near Airlie Beach) > Queensland, Australia (amazing photo by Jay Daley).

Lie on a blanket outside watching for shooting stars. Painted Hills Milky Way by Bobshots, Oregon.

Lie on a blanket outside watching for shooting stars. Painted Hills Milky Way, Oregon.

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 gift of a starry night.oh the vastness that is portrayed on a starry night!

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