The Milky Way – Our Galaxy

Milky Way Stellar Density Map
A density map of stars in our galaxy – the Milky Way – and of its neighbouring Magellanic Clouds, in an image from ESA’s Gaia satellite – click to enlarge [credit: ESA/Gaia – CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO image prepared by Edmund Serpell]
Our home galaxy, the Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy of approximately 200 to 400 billion stars.

Under good viewing conditions the plane of the milky way is visible as a band of light across the night sky.

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