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CLAUS LUNAU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CLAUS LUNAU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Animation of the Milky Way galaxy, the galaxy that contains our Solar System. The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy, with disc of spiral arms up to around 150,000 light years in diameter and 1000 light years thick. It has a central bulge with a bar structure, and is thought to contain a supermassive black hole at its centre. The arms appear bluer as they contain a higher proportion of hot young stars, which have a bluer colour.
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