The Milky Way Galaxy is our home in the existing Univers, it is a barred spiral galaxy 100,000‐120,000 light-years in diameter containing 200‐400 billion stars and at least as many planets including our solar system. The galactic center is named Sagittarius A and its belived to hold a supermassive black hole with an estimated mass of 4.1‐4.5 million times the mass of our Sun.
The name comes from its appearance as a dim glowing milky band arching across the night sky. The term Milky Way is a translation from Latin via lactea and Greek milky circle as seen from inside.
Milky Way Galaxy is approximately 13.7 billion years old, almost as the Universe itself. The age is determined by taking the age of the stars in the Milky Way.
The Milky Way contains at least 100 billion stars and may have up to 400 billion stars. The exact number is not known.
Earth, along with the Solar System, is situated in the Milky Way galaxy, orbiting about 28,000 light years from the center of the galaxy.
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In fact, the Milky Way Galaxy is one of the most interesting naked eye sights in the night sky. However, it’s not bright, and it’s not always well placed to be seen. So to see the Milky Way Galaxy from Earth in the grand design you will have to meet the following minimum requirements:
‐ Dark skies, no moonlight (you can gen an app that will show the lunar calendar), no city lights, no headlights, basically as far as you can from any source of light pollution. The best viewing site would be from the middle of the ocean either northern hemisphere or southern hemisphere being so far away from the artificial city lights.
‐ No telescopes, no binoculars, (just eyeglasses if you’re near sighted) and at least one eyeball.
‐ Best atmospheric conditions, a misty sky wouldn’t block it completely, nor would humidity. It would make it not as sharp, but still visible.
‐ Give your eyes at least 15-20 minutes to adapt to the darkness though. Your eyes will become more sensitive to low light level.
‐ A little bit of timing in late summer or winter evenings.
Every time we gaze at the night sky we are looking at the Milky Way Galaxy because we are inside of it together with all visible stars.
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This shot was taken on the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin, New Zealand by Stefan Mutch.
Amazing Milky Way Galaxy picture captured in Teton Range by Royce’s NightScapes.
No lights on after Irene took the power with her, so it was perfect for a nice long exposure.
Dark night at Las Campanas Observatory in the southern Atacama desert of Chile by nasa.gov.
In this photo of what looks like a cosmic bridge to the stars,the Milky Way is on grand display behind Roosevelt Lake.
This Millky Way picture is taken from Crater Lake, in the first night’s location. by Ben Canales.
Night shot of Milky Way Galaxy with a Lenticular Cloud over Mt. Rainier in Washington by Matt Sahli
This is a generated image of the Milky Way Galaxy Map in one perspective compiled for National Geographic
The tree is so much part of the scene’s drama that if it hasn’t been there the shot wouldn’t exists. Arthur Rosc.
This is a 14 image Panorama stitch of the Milky Way Galaxy over Santa Barbara CA. Michael Shainblum.