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Astronomy 101: The Milky Way

In this video, discover the vast amount of knowledge we've garnered about our home galaxy in just the past century.
RELATED TOPICS: MILKY WAY
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The Milky Way above White Mountains, California
Tony Rowell
Humans gave the Milky Way its name many, many Moons ago, when people walked around speaking Latin. When they looked up, they saw the via lactea — the fuzzy band that spreads from horizon to horizon if you’re under dark skies. Before that term existed, the Greeks called it galaktikos kyklos (with all Ks), meaning “milk circle.”

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