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MILKY WAY

The Milky Way traces out the disk of our

galaxy as seen from our position inside

it. Our solar system is just a very small

part of the Milky Way Galaxy; our sun is

just one of several hundred billion stars

contained in our galaxy. Our sun and solar

system are about 25,000 light-years out

from the galactic center (which is located

above the top edge of the photo).

MILKY WAY DUST

The dark regions within the Milky Way are

concentrations of interstellar dust grains.

TAKEN FROM SAVANNAH

SKIES OBSERVATORY NEAR

CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA

The photo was taken just before dawn

looking toward the east. The sun is still

below the horizon toward the bottom

right corner of the photo (along an

extension of the zodiacal light down

below the horizon).