Today we’re talking about our galactic neighborhood: The Milky Way. It’s a disk galaxy, a collection of dust, gas, and hundreds of billions of stars, with the Sun located about halfway out from the center. The disk has grand spiral patterns in it, formed by the traffic jams of stars and nebulae, where stars are born. The central region is shaped like a bar, and is mostly old, red stars. There’s also a halo surrounding us of old stars.
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Table of Contents
Milky Way Is A Disc 2:54
Grand Spiral Patterns 4:21
The Central Region Is Bar Shaped 7:48
Outer Halo Of Old Stars 9:09
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Milky Way, Artist’s Drawing www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/multimedia/20080603a.html [credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech]
Joshua Tree deepskycolors.com/astro/2013/04/2013-04_JoshuaTree_MW.jpg [credit: Rogelio Bernal Andreo]
Milky Way Center Region Mosaic sguisard.astrosurf.com/Pagim/GC.html [credit: ESO]
New Hubble image of star cluster Messier 15 www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1321a/ [credit: NASA, ESA]
Artist’s impression of the Milky Way www.spacetelescope.org/videos/hubblecast70b/ [credit: ESA/Hubble and M. Kornmesser]
M83 (Hubble Only and Hubble-Subaru-ESO Composite) www.robgendlerastropics.com/M83-New-HST.html [credit: Robert Gendler, 8.2 Meter Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), European Southern Observatories, Hubble Legacy Archive]
Hubble's Largest Galaxy Portrait Offers a New High-Definition View hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2006/10/image/a/ [credit: NASA, ESA, K. Kuntz (JHU), F. Bresolin (University of Hawaii), J. Trauger (Jet Propulsion Lab), J. Mould (NOAO), Y.-H. Chu (University of Illinois, Urbana), and STScI]
NGC 3344 skycenter.arizona.edu/gallery/Galaxies/NGC3344 [credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona]
Annotated Milky Way www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/wise/20150603/spitzer20150603.jpg [credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech]
Black hole with corona, X-ray source (artist's concept) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_hole#/media/File:Black_Holes_-_Monsters_in_Space.jpg [credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech]
A Galaxy and its Halo www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2008/06/A_galaxy_and_its_halo [credit: ESA (image by C. Carreau)]
How to Become a Star www.eso.org/public/images/eso0102a/ [credit: ESO]
In this Crash Course series, marvel at the wonders of astronomy with your host for this intergalactic adventure, the Bad Astronomer himself -- Phil Plait. In just 40 short lessons, you will learn the basics of the oldest science known to humanity.
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