What is a milky way?

Band of Stars

If you have ever looked at the sky on a clear night, then you have probably seen a milky-looking path of light across the sky.  This is the Milky Way.

It is actually the light from many billions of stars, most of which are too far away to be seen as separate stars.

The huge cluster of stars make up the Milky Way galaxy, the star system in which our sun has its place.

If we could see all of it at ones, the Milky Way galaxy would appear to be a giant spiraling dish with most of the stars in the center and our sun near the edge.

When we look at the Milky Way, we are looking towards the deepest and densest part of the galaxy.  You see so many stars that they look like a misty band of light stretching from one and of the sky to the other.

How many stars are there in the Milky Way?  Some astronomers think there may be as many as 100 billion stars! – Dick Rogers



  1. Dreamer

    I like but on the first sentence you have an error. It says ” If you have ever looked at the sky on a clear right” Shouldn’t it be night other than right?

    • askpari


      Thank you for calling my attention to that. I had mistype the letter. You have a good eye sight. Thank you very much for the comment. Keep on visiting my blog. And keep on spotting my mistype letters. 🙂 Thank you again.


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