Galaxy – The Milky Way – By Elizabeth Rose PIN 7430
The Milky Way is known as the galaxy that contains our Solar System.
It gets its name from the hazy light that is seen from Earth.
The stars that are too far away to be individually seen from the Earth produce this light.
It is said that the Milky Way will collide with The Andromeda Galaxy in about five billion years!!!
There are about 200 billion stars in our Galaxy.
It is only the last few years that scientists found that there are others Galaxies they thought that there was only our Galaxy, the Milky Way.
We do not know how many other Galaxies there are out there, but scientists say that there are least 100 billion and that there are probably 200 billion, greater technologies will reveal this over time.
It does have a halo but you cannot see it.
It is very dusty and it a gassy Galaxy.
There is a black hole in the Centre of the Galaxy.
It is also supposed to be as old as the Universe itself.
The Milky Way is constantly moving it does not stay still.
It moves an astounding 1.5 million miles per hour.
The Solar System lies about 30,000 light-years from the Centre of the Galaxy and about 20 light-years above the plane of the Galaxy.
The plane is the plane on which most of a disk-shaped mass lies in the Galaxy.
Galileo Galilei discovered the Milky Way in 1610 when looking through a telescope.