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The Milky Way Galaxy

Earth & Space Science

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You wil learn all about galaxies, including our own Milky Way galaxy. Learn about the formation and expansion of the universe, including the big bang theory.

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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Describe the physical properties of the sun.
  • Describe the movement of the sun.
  • Explain physical properties of milky way galaxy.

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How does the Milky Way appear to someone standing on Earth?

~ The Milky Way appears as a white and hazy straight line from Earth. It is also a luminous (bright) area in the sky. We are unable to see the entire Milky Way from our position on Earth.

What are the physical properties of the Milky Way galaxy?

~ The Milky Way has a spiral shape and is approximately 100,000 light years in diameter. Because of its size, billions of stars can fit in the Milk Way. Additionally, the Milky Way has many arms. Our solar system is located in the Orion arm.

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Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define Milky Way galaxy, Orion’s Arm, and solar system.
Course Earth & Space Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary Milky Way galaxy, Orion’s Arm, solar system