The Milky Way in a Diagram

Home galaxy of Earth, the Milky way is a spiral – shaped system of a few hundred billion stars. Bright regions of recently formed stars highlight its arms, while older stars explode or expel their outer layers as beautiful planetary nebulae, then fade away and die. A thick swarm of orange and red stars marks the galactic bulge, encapsulating the star-packed galactic center.

The Milky Way

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