6 Random Facts about the Milky Way Galaxy


The Milky Way Galaxy

Most of us know that we live in a galaxy known as the Milky Way. However, not many of us really know very much about our own galaxy. Here are 6 interesting and random facts about the Milky Way Galaxy that will help expand your knowledge about it.

  • Any stars that you can see in the night sky without the aid of a telescope are part of the Milky Way.
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  • It is estimated that the Milky Way contains between 200 and 400 billion stars.
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  • Our solar system makes up an extremely tiny part of the Milky Way – if you imagine our solar system were the size of a US quarter, the entire Milky Way would be almost half the size of the United States!
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  • Edwin Hubble is credited as conclusively defining the shape and scope of our galaxy through the use of telescopes.
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  • The size of the Milky Way is approximately 100,000 light-years in diameter.
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  • The mass of our galaxy is estimated at 5.8 × 1011 solar masses. A solar mass is a unit of mass equivalent to the mass of our Sun.
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90 Responses to “6 Random Facts about the Milky Way Galaxy”

  • Science Ners says:

    The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy which formed about 14 billion years ago, and looks like a pinwheel. Rotating in space, dust gas and stars fan out from the center of the milky way in long spiraling arms. Our galaxy is made out of dust and gas called nebula,stars,comets meteors,asteroids and planets. our own sun and solar system are a part of the Milky Way Galaxy. our solar system is is about 12,000 light years from the center of the Galaxy. The sun travels around the center of the milky way taking about 250 million years to complete an orbit. All objects in the milky way rotate in the Galaxy’s center. ~The Milky Way is amazing!~

    ~ I hope the extra facts i put in help you ~

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    Wendy Sells replied:

    with the milky way how does the milky way ever get to fill the dark sky out in the outer space at night. from Wendy Sells

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  • pari kapoor says:

    this facts are amzing. i was surprised that somebody can find soo amazing facts or points.

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  • Tabitha says:

    Those are silly facts in a funny way.

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  • amelia may kember says:

    more pictures…
    about planets

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  • Tracy says:

    It’s amazing how people can come up with such amazing facts like this

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  • Alexander Idrus Zulkarnain says:

    Why No One Comments Who Has Created Such Believable And Unbelievable Facts Of This Universe ?

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  • scruddle says:

    those facts are amazingly Intresting. I mean, who comes up with all this and how did they even know how and where to find it. CRAAAAAZZYY STUFF DUDE.

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  • Jada says:

    I like the new input. those facts are mind blasting

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  • kodsrom says:

    The One who created all these is MAGNIFICENT and truly AWESOME!

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  • Samuel says:

    Wow! Special dedication goes to cosmoligist physicist for there extremely work of discovery

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  • luke says:

    i like space a lot.

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  • oliva says:

    THANK YOU FOR THE FACTS IT HELPED ME WITH MY PROJET

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