Milky Way Galaxy

The Milky Way, named for how its pale light is seen from Earth, is the galaxy that our solar system belongs to.

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Does the Milky Way serve a purpose?

Of course it does,number one its our home galaxy.and probably home to other civilizations,in various stages of evolution.the milky way produced our sun which gave way to our beautiful earth forming with all of its amazing wonders;most importantly human beings.existence is so much of a precious gift that it doesn't need a reason.

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Are the pleiades bigger than the milky way galaxy?

No. The Pleiades is an open cluster of a few thousand stars within the Milky Way.

The Pleiades is a group of stars about 2 degrees across, at a distance of 600 light years. That means it is about 20 light years from one side of the Pleiades to the other, but that it still much less than the size of the Galaxy. From the Pleiades, the Sun would appear as a 9th magnitude star, with Sirius nearby at magnitude 6.

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What type of galaxy is the Milky Way?

Our Milky Way galaxy is a 'Barred Spiral', type SBc.

Edwin Hubble classified these types of spiral galaxies as "SB" ("Spiral", "Barred") in his Hubble sequence, and arranged them into three sub-categories based on how open the arms of the spiral are.

SBa types feature tightly bound arms.

SBc types are at the other extreme and have loosely bound arms.

SBb type galaxies lie in between.

SBm, was subsequently created to describe somewhat irregular barred spirals, such as the Magellanic Cloud galaxies, which were once classified as irregular galaxies, but have since been found to contain barred spiral structures.

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Can you see distant galaxies in the milky way?

If you mean 'Are there any distant galaxies embedded within the Milky Way, the answer is no. Distant galaxies are completely separate from the Milky Way, and many can be seen through telescopes. A small number appear as stars to the naked eye. Everything we see, we see through the Milky Way, since it is the galaxy we live in. It is all around us; we cannot avoid looking through it. Some parts of the Milky Way, especially near the center, are so dense with clouds of dust and stars that we can't see much behind it. Apart from that, we can peer into deep space in pretty much any direction.

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Actually, the answer might be "Yes!" Recent researches indicate that galaxies often collide, and sometimes merge. Some somewhat controversial research indicates that our Milky Way may be a sort of "predator galaxy" which "eats" other smaller galaxies. At least one astronomer claims to have found traces of four other galaxies that have been absorbed into the Milky Way!

However, they wouldn't be especially "distant" because they would now be _part of_ the Milky Way.

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What is the largest body of the milky way galaxy?

VY Canis Majoris, a red hypergiant in Canis Major, is the largest known star in the Milky Way Galaxy. It is about 3 x 109 kilometers (about 9 AU) in diameter, and located about 5 x 1016 kilometers (about 1.5 kpc) away from us.

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What galaxy do we live in?

The milky way

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How many years until the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies collide?

About 3.5 billion years. We won't be around for it.

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The general structure of the milky way galaxy?

The Milky Way Galaxy is a spiral.

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How many stars are in the Milky Way?

The figure of 200 to 400 billion is considered to be

today's most reliable estimate. (late 2012)

(Minor Comment: It's not clear if this question refers to the whole Milky Way Galaxy or to just the band of stars called the Milky Way.)

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How big is the Milky Way Galaxy?

The stellar disk of the Milky Way galaxy is approximately 100,000 light years in diameter and about 10,000 light years in thickness.

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Is the Milky Way Galaxy an Elliptical galaxy?


No. The Milky Way is believed to be a barred spiral galaxy.

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The Milky Way is an example of a(n):?

It's an example of a Spiral Galaxy.

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When did the Milky Way get its name?

Around the time of ancient Greek. From my understanding, There was believed to be a Greek goddess that breast fed her baby. The baby was ripped from her arms while breast feeding. The milk then was spat out of the babies mouth and from the breast, forming the MILKY way.

That story was told by the greek because in the sky, on a really dark night and if theres no lights, you can the galaxy around us. It looks like a stream of milk in the sky.

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Is there a way to get WWE information before it appears on live television?

Yes on wwe.com Exactly on WWE.com. If you don't already know, SmackDown! is taped. After 11:00 p.m.ET on Tuesday, check wwe.com on the SmackDown! portion and there you go!

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What is the collective name for the Milky Way Galaxy?

"The Milky Way Galaxy".

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The milky way is an example of which type of galaxy?

A barred spiral galaxy (SBc classification). It is like a spiral galaxy but has a bar structure near the centre.

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How many stars are there in the milky way?

This is estimated to be 100-400 billion stars. The reason this estimate is rather inaccurate is that it is hard to get a good estimate of the number of red dwarves - which make up the majority of the stars, but don't emit much light, and are therefore hard to find.

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How fast in mph does the milky way galaxy spin?

It doesn't make a lot of sense to think this way. The Milky Way isn't a rigid disc, but consider for a moment a record or CD spinning... the outer edge has to travel a lot faster than the inner edge. Where, exactly, should you measure it to determine the speed in miles per hour?

If you mean "About how fast is the Sun moving around the Galactic Center", that's a little easier. Using a distance to the GC of 26,400 light years and a rotational period of about 250 million years, my quick back-of-the-envelope calculation comes up with around 450,000 miles per hour. However, we're not exactly sure of either the precise distance or the exact period, so that number could be off by a bit... I'd say 300,000 to 600,000 miles per hour is a reasonable bounding box for the value.

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What does the Milky Way galaxy consist of?

There are between 200 and 400 billion stars in the Milky Way, mostly spread out in a spiral disk surrounding a dense central region. Vast clouds of gas and dust called nebulae occupy much of the space between these stars, called the interstellar medium. There may also be debris and planetary objects orbiting the stars or drifting through space. At the center, there is a bar-shaped gathering of stars and gas around 27,000 light years long called the galactic core. Around this is a disk-shaped grouping of stars and matter called the stellar disk, which stretches to about 100,000 light years across and averaging 1,000 light years thick. Our Solar System is located on one of the spiral arms making up this disk. Finally, marking the outer boundary of the galaxy is the galactic halo, which is spherical and contains older stars than the disk. It surrounds the inner galactic components at up to 200,000 light years in diameter. The entire galaxy with all its constituents is thought to orbit around a supermassive black hole found in the very center of the galactic core.

The mass of the entire Milky Way is thought to be about 600 billion times the mass of the sun, and it formed a bit over 13 billion years ago. Our solar system orbits around its center about once every 250 million years. Hypothetical dark matter is suspected of occupying most of the detectable mass in the Milky Way Galaxy. While the observable matter (stars, nebulas, etc.) is as much as 400 billion solar-masses, the total theoretical mass of the dark matter is estimated between 600 billion and 3 trillion solar-masses. The Milky Way is the galaxy we are in, along with some billions of other galaxies. There are a few hundred billion stars in our galaxy, and the Sun is a star with average brightness. There are also star clusters, and nebulas which are big clouds of luminous gas.

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Can you see the milky way from Afghanistan?

Absolutely! in fact since Afghanistan has less infrastructure then some countries there is significantly less Light Pollution wich makes observing the Sky at night quite a treat!

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How is called the milky way galaxy in India?

In Hindi it is called the "aakash ganga".

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What supercluster is the Milky Way Found in?

The Milky Way is part of the Local Group, which is part of the Virgo Supercluster.

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What evidence suggests the milky way galaxy contains dark matter?

The Milky Way (as well as other galaxies) rotates way too fast for the amount of known matter.

Answer2: Dark matter is suggested because most astronomers seem constrained to view the galaxies rotation as caused by gravity. An alternative explanation for the fast rotation is electromagnetism. Electricity is the major factor in the Universe and is likely the cause of the fast rotation. The energy for the fast rotation is the vector energy, Ev=mcV. This energy is the vector energy that is missing in physics theory. This is the same vector energy that explains "Dark Energy". This is the real Cosmological Constant, except it is not a constant.

The short answer for the fast rotation is the galaxies rotate like the homopolar motor used in most homes power meter. As electric current comes into the motor/galaxy the faster the motor turns. This was postulated by Hannes Alfven in 1986.

The math is the same as a mass spectrometer:

mv2/r = qVxB =qvBsin(x)

v=erBsin(x)/m = euIsin(x)/m = ezIsin(x)/mc thus mcv = ezIsin(x).

The Galaxies rotate fast as a result of the electrons entering the galaxy and crossing with the current created by the moving charged stars. The rotating charged stars create the B field in the Galaxy. This same effect causes the sun to rotate at the equator tham at higher lattitudes.

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Why are clouds shaped the way they are?

Clouds get their shape from the amount of air and water in them. These 2 elements form a cloud and it's shape.

AnswerDepends of the temperature of the cloud, if the cloud have ice cristals, will be different than if it has only water vapor, or different percentage of both.
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Why do people like milky way?

they taste good
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