DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Earth and Milky Way. Artwork of city lights seen on the night side of the Earth with the Milky Way galaxy in the background. Dark bands of dust obscure the view of the bright central region. The Milky Way is thought to be about 120,000 light years across. Our solar system is thought to be some 30,000 light years from the centre in a spiral arm.
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