Milky Way

Karlie Noon

Karlie Noon
Karlie Noon
Credit: Rhett Wyman, Sydney Morning Herald
Used by permission

Occupation: Astronomer

Research Areas: Galaxy Evolution, Indigenous Astronomy, Moon Haloes

 

Milky Way

The galaxy we live in is called the Milky Way. Because we live inside it, it hard to see the shape. From Earth, we see a faint, white band stretching across the night sky. The name comes from the Latin words meaning "milky path". Looking closely at this band, we see that it is made up of billions of stars. A lot of the light coming from those stars is blocked by gas and dust in the galaxy.