DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Milky Way. Artwork of the Milky Way galaxy. Dark bands of dust obscure the view of the bright central region. The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy which is thought to be about 120,000 light years across. Our solar system is thought to be around two-thirds of the way out from the centre in a small spiral arm. The Milky Way contains over 100 billion stars.
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