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

Milky Way - A view of the Milky Way toward the constellation Sagittarius (including the Galactic Center) as seen from an area not polluted by light (the Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Milky Way - A view of the Milky Way toward the constellation Sagittarius (including the Galactic Center) as seen from an area not polluted by light (the Black Rock Desert, Nevada

This picture of the nearby galaxy NGC 6744, a Milky Way look-alike, was taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at La Silla.

This picture of the nearby galaxy NGC 6744, a Milky Way look-alike, was taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at La Silla.

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.

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).

This very wide-field view of the Milky Way shows the extent of the 84-million-star VISTA infrared image of the center of the galaxy (delineated by red rectangle).

This very wide-field view of the Milky Way shows the extent of the 84-million-star VISTA infrared image of the center of the galaxy (delineated by red rectangle).

Milky Way Over the Bungle Bungles (Sept 11 2012)  Image Credit & Copyright: Mike Salway  Explanation: Which part of this picture do you find more interesting -- the land or the sky? Advocates for the land might cite the beauty of the ancient domes of the Bungle Bungle Range in Western Australia. These picturesque domes appear as huge layered beehives and are made of sandstones and conglomerates deposited over 350 million years ago. #astronomy #space #MilkyWay

Milky Way Over the Bungle Bungles (Sept 11 2012) Image Credit & Copyright: Mike Salway Explanation: Which part of this picture do you find more interesting -- the land or the sky? Advocates for the land might cite the beauty of the ancient domes of the Bungle Bungle Range in Western Australia. These picturesque domes appear as huge layered beehives and are made of sandstones and conglomerates deposited over 350 million years ago. #astronomy #space #MilkyWay

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

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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