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  SPACE.com -- The New Tourist's Guide to the Milky Way
Were an intergalactic traveler to approach the Milky Way edge-on, the first thing she would notice is a luminous halo made up of gas and stars enveloping the galaxy.
According to one hypothesis, the strange warp in the Milky Way's hydrogen disk is caused by the movement of two dwarf galaxies-the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds- and their interactions with dark matter as they orbit our galaxy.
The Milky Way is believed to contain four major spiral arms, all of which start at the galaxy's center, plus a number of smaller arms.
www.space.com /scienceastronomy/060227_mm_milky_way_tour.html   (1743 words)

  Milky Way - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Relative to the celestial equator, the Milky Way passes as far north as the constellation of Cassiopeia and as far south as the constellation of Crux, indicating the high inclination of Earth's equatorial plane and the plane of the ecliptic relative to the galactic plane.
With the discovery of the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy came the discovery of a ribbon of galactic debris as the polar orbit of Sagittarius and its interaction with the Milky Way tears it apart.
The Milky Way is thought to be moving in the direction of the constellation Hydra, and may someday become a close-knit member of the Virgo cluster of galaxies.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Milky_Way   (2654 words)

 Milky Way - MSN Encarta
The name Milky Way is derived from Greek mythology, in which the band of light was said to be milk from the breast of the goddess Hera.
Astronomers have therefore speculated that the known Milky Way system is in turn surrounded by a much larger ring or halo of undetected matter known as dark matter.
The central Milky Way and the halo are largely composed of the type II population.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761558916/Milky_Way.html   (1012 words)

 Milky Way (confectionery) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The U.S. Milky Way is similar to the Mars Bar sold elsewhere.
The American version of the Milky Way bar is made of chocolate-malt nougat topped with caramel and covered with milk chocolate, whereas the European version is not topped with caramel.
The vanilla Milky Way bar, which was covered in dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate, was renamed the Forever Yours bar.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Milky_Way_(candy)   (287 words)

 eSky: Milky Way
The brightness of the Milky Way is not constant.
The Milky Way is at its brightest in the sky in and around Sagittarius, and at its least dense in the opposite direction, around the constellation of Taurus.
Sagittarius holds the Galactic Nucleus, and the mass of the Milky Way Galaxy belong to it and its neighbouring constellations.
www.glyphweb.com /esky/concepts/milkyway.html   (819 words)

 The Milky Way Galaxy
As a galaxy, the Milky Way is actually a giant, as its mass is probably between 750 billion and one trillion solar masses, and its diameter is about 100,000 light years.
Radio astronomial investigations of the distribution of hydrogen clouds have revealed that the Milky Way is a spiral galaxy of Hubble type Sb or Sc.
The Milky Way Galaxy belongs to the Local Group, a smaller group of 3 large and over 30 small galaxies, and is the second largest (after the Andromeda Galaxy M31) but perhaps the most massive member of this group.
www.seds.org /messier/more/mw.html   (1383 words)

 The Solar System
The Milky Way has two small galaxies orbiting it nearby, which are visible from the southern hemisphere.
This never-before-seen view shows the Milky Way from an edge-on perspective with the galactic north pole at the top, the south pole at the bottom and the galactic center at the center.
Like the Milky Way, NGC 4414 is a giant spiral-shaped disk of stars, with a bulbous central hub of older yellow and red stars.
www.solarviews.com /eng/solarsys.htm   (1562 words)

 fUSION Anomaly. Milky Way   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
The Milky Way is a large spiral galaxy, with several spiral arms coiling around a central bulge.
The central Milky Way and the halo are composed of type II stars.
Viewed from the north galactic pole the rotation of the Milky Way is clockwise.
fusionanomaly.net /milkyway.html   (1386 words)

 The Milky Way
When attempts were first made to map our position within the Milky Way it was concluded that we were in the center of this large disk-like grouping of stars.
By observing the distribution of globular clusters above and below the disk of the Milky Way astronomers were able to determine the overall size of the Galaxy and our position within it.
It has been determined that the Milky Way is probably a spiral galaxy (possibly a barred spiral).
wind.cc.whecn.edu /~marquard/astronomy/milky_way.htm   (1050 words)

The central bulge of the Milky Way, the brightest and most spectacular portion, is visible here in the Sagittarius - Scorpius region.
Recent observations indicate that the Milky Way is a giant as spiral galaxies go, with a mass of possibly more than 750 billion solar masses, and a diameter of 100,000 light years.
Our Milky Way is a spiral galaxy of Hubble type Sb or Sc and a member of the local group, a group of galaxies which contain the Milky Way, Magellanic Clouds, M33, and the M31 - M32 - M110 system, and many other small galaxies.
www.astropix.com /HTML/D_SUM_S/MILKYWAY.HTM   (512 words)

 Curious About Astronomy? The Milky Way
Practically everything we see with the unaided eye in the night sky is a part of the Milky Way, except for a few visible extragalactic objects such as M31, the Andromeda galaxy.
The Milky Way is an island of hundreds of billions of stars, gas, and dust held together by gravity to form a gigantic disk that is surrounded by a halo of globular clusters, which are smaller spherical groups of stars.
Studying the way in which the stars orbit gives details of the gravitational field of the Galaxy and ultimately reveals its mass.
curious.astro.cornell.edu /milkyway.php   (901 words)

 Milky Way Galaxy
The Milky Way is the second largest galaxy in the small cluster to which it belongs.
It was discovered in 1994 that there is a small galaxy which is in the process of colliding with the Milky Way.
It lies on the other side of the Milky Way from the Earth, so it is completely hidden from view by the clouds of gas and dust in the plane of the Galaxy.
www.historyoftheuniverse.com /milkyway.html   (263 words)

 The Milky Way Galaxy
Herschel's map showed the Milky Way to be wider than it was thick and the solar system was located near the center.
Along the band of the Milky Way are dark clouds, the largest of which is the great rift that splits the Milky Way from Cygnus to Aquila.
It is thought that these clusters were formed when the gasses of the Milky Way were in roughly a spherical shape before or during the collapse into a disk.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/bmoler/MILKYWAY.HTM   (1055 words)

 The Milky Way
At visible wavelengths, the disk of the Milky Way galaxy is opaque beyond a few thousand light years.
On the other hand, the amount of matter between a star orbiting the Milky Way galaxy and the center of the galaxy steadily increases the farther you go from the center.
Galaxies like the Milky Way are about 10 billion years old, so any pattern established when the galaxy came into existence should have long ago disappeared.
www.courses.psu.edu /astro/astro010_pjm25/milkyway10.html   (1111 words)

 The Stories of the Constellations - Milky Way   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
She threw stalks of grain behind her and these became the stars of the Milky Way.
When she realized that the child was the bastard son of Zeus and another woman, she pushed the baby away and the spurting milk became the Milky Way.
Another explanation says the Milky Way is the burned scar across the sky formed when Phaëthon inexpertly drove the sun chariot.
www.ufrsd.net /staffwww/stefanl/myths/milkyway.htm   (600 words)

 The Milky Way   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
It is a fairly large spiral galaxy and it has three main components: a disk, in which the solar system resides, a central bulge at the core, and an all encompassing halo.
The disk of the Milky Way has four spiral arms and it is approximately 300pc thick and 30kpc in diameter.
It has a low density of old stars mainly in globular clusters (these consist of between 10,000 - 1,000,000 stars).The halo is believed to be composed mainly of dark matter which may extend well beyond the edge of the disk.
www.damtp.cam.ac.uk /user/gr/public/gal_milky.html   (240 words)

 Open Directory - Science: Astronomy: Galaxies: Milky Way   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
The Milky Way - A short definition of the Milky Way's components and composition.
The Milky Way Galaxy - Illustrated and technical overview of the galaxy's structure and composition.
Milky Way Could Hold Remnants of Last Galactic 'Meal' - Some celestial detective work strongly suggests that the Milky Way consumed a smaller galaxy billions of years ago.
dmoz.org /Science/Astronomy/Galaxies/Milky_Way   (254 words)

 The Shape of the Milky Way
The name "Milky Way" is a literal translation of the Latin "Via Galactica", and is now used to denote the band of light observed in the sky, as well as to distinguish our home galaxy from the billions of other galaxies scattered across the universe.
Some denser clouds of this dust are evident to the naked eye as the "Great Rift" which splits the Milky Way in two through the constellations of Cygnus and Aquila, and the "Coal Sack" which is visible from southern latitudes.
At the end of the movie we zoom into the Milky Way to get a close-up of the location of our own Sun, which is about 2/3 of the way from the center to the edge of the disk.
homepage.mac.com /rarendt/Galaxy/mw.html   (1275 words)

 News in Science - Milky Way has an extra sweeping arm - 06/05/2004
A 50-year-old map of the Milky Way will have to be redrawn after Australian astronomers made the astonishing discovery that our spiral galaxy has a huge, outflung arm.
It runs along the Milky Way's outermost edge and sweeps around the four main arms that swirl out from the galaxy's core.
Most of the Milky Way is obscured by interstellar dust, but hydrogen emits radiowaves that pass through the dust clouds, allowing detection by radio telescope.
www.abc.net.au /science/news/stories/s1102537.htm   (299 words)

 milky way
To earler civilizations, the Milky Way was such a large part of the nightime experience that it was considered by many to be the "pathway to heaven".
It is my opinion that anyone who has not seen the Milky Way in all its splendor has not lived a complete life.
When we see the Milky Way in the sky, it is because we are looking toward the center where vast numbers of stars are in our line of sight.
schmidling.com /mw.htm   (1310 words)

 USATODAY.com - Exiled stars: Milky Way boots members   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
There might be a thousand Milky Way exiles-to-be lurking inside the galaxy and on outbound tracks.
The main plane of the Milky Way Galaxy, where most of its stars reside, is about 100,000 light-years wide.
Both of the newfound outcasts are outside the galaxy's main plane but have yet to leave the halo, a bigger sphere of the Milky Way's influence that is perhaps 300,000 light-years in diameter.
www.usatoday.com /tech/science/space/2006-01-26-milky-way-exiles_x.htm   (689 words)

 Discovery Channel :: Milky Way's New Nearest Neighbor
The galactic collision between the Milky Way and the dwarf galaxy, named Canis Major after the constellation it is found in, has so far been obscured by dust in the dense disk of the Milky Way.
The M-giants were used as beacons to trace the shape and locality of Canis Major and to provide a three-dimensional structure of the distant regions of the Milky Way.
While astronomers have long suspected that the central part of large galaxies like the Milky Way were built up by swallowing up satellite galaxies that came too close, this is the first time that the outer region — or disk — of a galaxy has been seen doing the same thing.
dsc.discovery.com /news/afp/20031103/milkyway.html   (534 words)

 Discovery Channel :: News :: Study: Milky Way Is Tentacled Beast
Using data from a painstaking galaxy-wide survey of hydrogen gas clouds throughout the Milky Way, radio astronomers found that instead of being a clean, symmetrical spiral, our home galaxy has extra long arms sprouting out on one side and is warped and armless on the other.
Blitz co-authored a paper on the newfound shape of the Milky Way with graduate student Evan Levine in the June 1 edition of Science Express.
Another possibility is that the bulge is caused by the gravitational tug of the Milky Way’s small satellite galaxies.
dsc.discovery.com /news/briefs/20060529/milkyway_spa.html   (588 words)

 Milky Way Galaxy
The Milky Way Galaxy is one of the hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe.
The Galaxy M83, shown on the right, is similar in size and shape to the Milky Way Galaxy and appears differently depending upon the wavelength used to view it.
The Milky Way Galaxy is a spiral galaxies with
www.matter-antimatter.com /milky_way_galaxy.htm   (505 words)

 Milky Way, Discover of Milky Way, Milky Way Galaxy at SPACE.com
The phrase Milky Way came from the band of white light that can be seen across the celestial sphere visible from Earth.
The discovery of the Milky Way is credited to the ancient Greek philosopher Democritus, who was the first person in recorded history to make the assumption that the Milky Way existed and was made up of billions of distant stars.
The Milky Way galaxy is actually just one of billions of galaxies contained within the Universe, although very little is currently known about its seemingly infinite galactic counterparts.
www.space.com /milkyway   (463 words)

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