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Milky Way Galaxy. Animation of a flight out from the edge of the Milky Way galaxy, to a view from above where the spiral arms and galactic centre can be seen. The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our solar system. It is thought to be a barred spiral galaxy some 120,000 light years in diameter, containing as many as 400 billion stars. The inner bulge contains mostly older, redder stars, while the flat spiral arms contain more younger, bluer stars. The Milky Way is one of billions of galaxies in the universe.
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