Our Milky Way Galaxy Paw p. January 26,2017

For starters, the Milky Way is a disk about 120,000 light years across with a central bulge that has a diameter of 12,000 light years (see the Guide to Space article for more information). The disk is far from perfectly flat though, as can be seen in the picture below. In fact, it is warped in shape, a fact which astronomers attribute to the our galaxy’s two neighbors -the Large and Small Magellanic clouds.

The Milky Way is estimated to contain 100–400 billion stars. There are likely at least 100 billion planets in the Milky Way. The Solar System is located within the disk, about 27,000 light-years from the Galactic Center, on the inner edge of one of the spiral-shaped concentrations of gas and dust called the Orion Arm.

The Milky Way Galaxy

Scientists estimate that 100 to 400 billion planets exist in the Milky Way galaxy. Some studies suggest that the number of planets in the Milky Way is greater than the number of stars, proposing that an average of 1.6 planets exist per star.

The Milky Way has an enormous width of about 100,000 light years. The Milky Way is the most common type of galaxy in the universe—a spiral galaxy.

The Milky Way Galaxy is an immense and very interesting place. Not only does it measure some 120000–180000 light-years in diameter, it is home to planet.

As galaxies go, the Milky Way is a middleweight. The largest galaxy we know of, which is designated IC 1101, has over 100 trillion stars, and other large galaxies can have as many as a trillion. Dwarf galaxies such as the aforementioned Large Magellanic Cloud have about 10 billion stars. The Milky Way has between 100-400 billion stars; but when you look up into the night sky, the most you can see from any one point on the globe is about 2,500. This number is not fixed, however, because the Milky Way is constantly losing stars through supernovae, and producing new ones all the time (about seven per year).

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