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 Milky Way is the galaxy in which we all live, but because the Sun is located within the Milky way, we cannot see its actual shape. All we see is as a faint, white band stretching across the night sky. The name comes from the Latin, Via Lactea, which literally means "milky path". On closer inspection, we can see that the milky band is made up of billions of distant stars, but that much of the light is blocked out by gas and dust in the plane of the galaxy.