Posts Tagged ‘milky way’

What is the Smallest Galaxy in the Universe?

Willman 1

Have you ever wondered what the smallest galaxy in the universe is?  As far as we know today, that distinction goes to a galaxy called Willman 1.

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What is the Galactic Center?

The stars at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy

If you don’t live by the bright lights of the city and can see the fuzzy arch of the Milky Way Galaxy overhead at night, you’ll have a chance to gaze upon the Galactic Center itself!  The Galactic Center is the point around which the rest of our galaxy rotates.  You can find it if you look in the direction of the constellations Sagittarius, Scorpius, and Ophiuchus where the Milky Way looks the brightest.

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Colliding Galaxies: Can the Milky Way Galaxy Collide with Andromeda?

ARP 87This is one of those things that’s hard to get your head around.  Imagine a collision between two objects whose size is measured in light years!  Despite the fact that the universe is vast – approximately 93 billion light years across, galaxies still manage to run into one another.

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The Milky Way Galaxy: a Funny Name


We live in the Milky Way Galaxy.  But, why is it called the Milky Way Galaxy?  This sounds like a strange name if you ask me.  Where did this name come from?

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