Astronomy
Milky Way Galaxy

Where did the galaxy name 'Milky Way' originate?

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02/13/2009

i need to know hw the galaxy/milkyway formed!!!! i hve an idea though.....clumpz of dust nd cloud Some people thought that the faint band of light looked as though someone had spilled milk across the sky. This led to the poetic description "Milky Way." We now know that the band of light is our own spiral galaxy, so we call it the Milky Way Galaxy. See http://www.historyoftheuniverse.com/milky2.html for mythological connections.