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What Does The Milky Way Look Like From Above?

7 Aug 2018, 01:15 UTC
What Does The Milky Way Look Like From Above?
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If we could rocket above the plane of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and look down back down, what we’d see would strongly resemble NGC 6744, a Milky Way look-alike in the southern constellation of Pavo the Peacock. Like NGC 6744, the Milky Way has several spiral arms dotted with pink-colored nebulae and a bright, bar-shaped center. The only major difference between the two is size: this one is nearly twice as large. ESO
August nights are some of the best of the year to see the Milky Way. With no moon in the sky in the coming week, try to get out of town and treat yourself and your family to one of nature’s most perspective-altering sights: the sight of our own galaxy arching high overhead. From a dark sky, the hazy band of the Milky Way looks grainy, a sign of its true nature as a flattened disk made of stars. Billions of them. Estimates range from 100 billion on the low end to 400 billion on the high. Throw in some billions of planets, trillions of comets and asteroids, star clusters, nebulae, and giant interstellar gas clouds and you’ve got yourself a galaxy.
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