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30 photos to prove how beautiful our galaxy Milky Way is

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 30: Milky way over Cornwall, UK - 2018

Home to our own solar system, the Milky Way galaxy has captivated the imagination since the dawn of cosmology. Named after the dim ‘milky’ glow generated by the indistinguishable mass of stars that it’s made from, when the Milky Way is observed from Earth, it appears like a band, due to its disc shape, but is actually a barred spiral galaxy.

Facts and figures around the Milky Way’s size and constituents vary, with the galaxy’s diameter believed to be between 120,000 and 150,000 light-years. Within the Milky Way there could be as many as a trillion stars and 100 billion planets. With such incredible numbers, it’s easy to understand why until 1920 it was believed that the Milky Way contained all the stars in the universe, but we now know it to be just one of around 200 billion galaxies that we can observe.

(Pictured) The Milky Way over Porth Loe, Cornwall, England.

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