10 Interesting Facts About The Milky Way

Milky Way galaxies surround our solar system and they are remarkably huge attention grabbing sights at night. Galaxies present in the Milky Way cannot be distinguished individually from the naked eye as in the night sky these are made from a hazy band of star lights.

The Milky Way is a lined helix with the diameter of about 150,000 to 200,000 light years. In the central edge of one of the spiral-shaped concentrations of dust particles and gases are called Orion Arm. From the Galactic Center our solar system is vested away roughly about 27,000 light years.

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Milky Way is an enormous structure where you get some superfluous crumbs of information. All the facts related to Milky Way will surely instigate you to learn more about them. Let’s have a look at them.

1. Made from other galaxies

Milky Way is a beautiful warped spiral but it was not exactly the same as it is now. Its present size and shape is due to the addition of other galaxies. It has eaten up other galaxies and still add ing more in it. In its long history our galaxy has disbursed others like Sagittarius Dwarf galaxy. Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy is closest galaxy to Milky Way as its stars are being added to the Milky Way disk recently.

2. We can’t take the picture of Milky Way from above

Another interesting fact about the Milky Way is every picture you have seen of the Milky Way isn’t it. Because so far we can’t take pictures of milky Way from above. It is just like you are trying to take the picture of your house from outside while sitting in it. Technically we are inside the Galactic disk that is about 26,000 light years from the galactic center.

So, if you have seen any picture of spiral galaxy supposed to be the Milky Way then it might be the adaption of an endowed artist or a picture of another spiral galaxy. Milky Way from above is a long way off.

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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