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  • Seymour Sullivan posted an update in the group Group logo of Fact a Day 2022Fact a Day 2022 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Heavens, cont. Who doesn’t love the Milky Way and want to know more about it?! The Milky Way is the galaxy that includes our Solar System. Its name describes the galaxy’s appearance from Earth: a hazy band of light seen in the night sky formed from stars that cannot be individually distinguished by the naked eye. The term Milky Way is a translation of the Latin via lactea, from the Greek galaktikos kýklos, meaning “milky circle.” From Earth, the Milky Way appears as a band because its disk-shaped structure is viewed from within. Galileo Galilei first resolved the band of light into individual stars with his telescope in 1610. Until the early 1920s, most astronomers thought that the Milky Way contained all the stars in the Universe.

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