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Space School: Milky Way
 

Space School: Milky Way

The Milky Way Galaxy is our galactic home. Our neighborhood is the Orion arm of this barred spiral galaxy, which measures 100,000 light years across and contains hundreds of billions of stars. At its center lies an immense black hole.

Discover the age of the Milky Way, its composition — and predictions for its future.

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Milky Way Galaxy’s Head-On Crash with Andromeda

Milky Way Galaxy’s Head-On Crash with Andromeda

Scientists predict that in billions of years the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies will collide and merge. Get a sneak peek of this cosmic collision through computer-modeled images. More...

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Space.com
Scientists Discover Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way for GPS

Scientists Discover Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way for GPS

How does a dung beetle get its dung ball back to its nest? By using the position of the Milky Way, of course. Find out how scientists made this discovery. (Hint: It involves beetle hats.) More...

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NPR
Traveler’s Guide to the Milky Way

Traveler’s Guide to the Milky Way

Check out this infographic to see the Milky Way from above, from the side, and how it might look 4 billion years from now when the Andromeda Galaxy collides with it. More...

Article
Space.com
Galactic Explorer Andrea Ghez

Galactic Explorer Andrea Ghez

UCLA astronomer Andrea Ghez played a huge role in confirming the existence of a black hole at the center of the Milky Way. She shares her passion for galactic puzzles in this interview. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Milky Way Quiz

Milky Way Quiz

How much do you know about our galactic home? Put your knowledge to the test with this 11-question quiz. More...

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Space.com
Spin a Spiral Galaxy

Spin a Spiral Galaxy

Visit with a neighbor by taking the M83 spiral galaxy (aka the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy) for a spin in this interactive. Then go on a tour of our own Milky Way Galaxy. More...

Interactive
NOVA/PBS
Stunning Photos of Our Milky Way Galaxy

Stunning Photos of Our Milky Way Galaxy

Explore our home galaxy in this amazing photo gallery with images captured by amateur and professional photographers around the world. More...

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Space.com
The Big Picture on the Milky Way

The Big Picture on the Milky Way

Using 800,000 images from the Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have pieced together the largest image of the Milky Way, capturing half of its form in 2.5 billion pixels. Check it out. More...

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Space.com
The Milky Way Galaxy

The Milky Way Galaxy

On the outside looking in: View our space neighborhood, the Milky Way, as a space traveler would in this awesome segment of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos.” More...

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Cosmos/PBS
The Shape of the Milky Way

The Shape of the Milky Way

Some scientists believe that our Milky Way may not be a classic, clean-cut spiral galaxy. Discover why they think it may have a shape more like a warped vinyl record. More...

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Discovery
Who Needs Galaxies?

Who Needs Galaxies?

According to astronomer Sandra Faber, we are who we are because of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Galaxies brew life and Faber studies them. Here she shares her galactic thoughts.
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NOVA/PBS

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