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The Milky Way

 

    1. The Bulge

 

    1. The Disk

 

    1. The Halo

 

 

The Milky Way, as seen from the Earth (AAO)

 

The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, with a central bulge of intermediate size. The disk is composed by 4 spiral arms, being the Sun placed between the arm of Sagittarius and the arm of Perseus. The Milky Way has a diameter of 80 000 light years and an estimated amount of about 200 billion stars. The Sun travels around the Milky Way once every 240 million years.

 

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