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Answers for authors: What is the view like from different parts of our galaxy? (re-posted)

30 Jul 2018, 22:45 UTC
Answers for authors: What is the view like from different parts of our galaxy? (re-posted)
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To answer this we first need a quick bit of galactic geography:Go out on a really dark, clear, night, far from any artificial lights, give your eyes time to adapt to the darkness, and look up. You will probably see many more stars than you’re used to and, stretching across the sky from horizon to horizon, a long band of faintly lowing fuzziness: That's the Milky Way, the galaxy that our Sun, our solar system, and this planet are part of. This thing - although this is a long exposure that intensifies the light in the image. It doesn't look much like a swirl of stars from Earth, as we're inside the diskIt’s a collection of hundreds of billions of stars, at least that many planets, comets, nebula, and much weirder things with names like ‘magnetars’, ‘pulsars’, ‘white dwarfs’ that sound like they came straight out of an early draft of superhero comic. It's actually shaped like the swirl of cream in a coffee mug - and we can divide it into three bits:The central bulge / galactic core: The centre of the swirl, the core is made of a mix of stars of all ages. It's also one of ...

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