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The Milky Way- La Voie Lactée - La Via Lattea - Die Milchstraße - Млечный Путь - La Vía Láctea - Ο Γαλαξίας μας - Samanyolu- Linnunrata (Photographed in Greek mountain Parnonas)

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The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains the Earth.[11][nb 1] This name derives from its appearance as a dim "milky" glowing band arching across the night sky, in which the naked eye cannot distinguish individual stars. The term "Milky Way" is a translation of the Classical Latin via lactea, from the Hellenistic Greek γαλαξίας κύκλος (pr. galaxías kýklos, "milky circle").[12][13][14] The Milky Way appears like a band because it is a disk-shaped structure being viewed from inside. The fact that this faint band of light is made up of stars was proven in 1610 when Galileo Galilei used his telescope to resolve it into individual stars. In the 1920s, observations by astronomer Edwin Hubble showed that the Milky Way is just one of many galaxies. The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy 100,000–120,000 light-years in diameter containing 200–400 billion stars. It may contain at least as many planets, with an estimated 10 billion of those orbiting in the habitable zone of their parent stars.[15][not in citation given] The Solar System is located within the disk, around two thirds of the way out from the Galactic Center, on the inner edge of a spiral-shaped concentration of gas and dust called the Orion–Cygnus Arm. The stars in the inner ≈10,000 light-years are organized in a bulge and one or more bars. The very center is marked by an intense radio source named Sagittarius A* which is likely to be a supermassive black hole. The Galaxy rotates differentially, faster towards the center and slower towards the outer edge. The rotational period is about 200 million years at the position of the Sun.[8] The Galaxy as a whole is moving at a velocity of 552 to 630 km per second, depending on the relative frame of reference. It is estimated to be about 13.2 billion years old, nearly as old as the Universe. Surrounded by several smaller satellite galaxies, the Milky Way is part of the Local Group of galaxies, which forms a subcomponent of the Virgo Supercluster.

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Comments (253)

littlexu on September 15, 2012



Michele Miccoli on September 15, 2012

Extraordinary view!


Kind regards, Michele

Ladush on September 15, 2012


Bajguz Igor on September 15, 2012

A wonderful composition!!!


Best wishes from St. Petersburg,


Nam Tuan on September 15, 2012

Very beautiful and delicate! I really enjoyed it!

Lora Bober on September 15, 2012

Superphoto!!) Excellent!! Greetings, Lora)

Mircea_RAICU on September 15, 2012

ysl !

Heinz Peierl on September 15, 2012

Klasse Aufnahme

Like 64

Danke für den Besuch in meiner Galerie und die netten Worte. Habe mich sehr darüber gefreut

Viele Grüße von der Mosel


KFE. on September 15, 2012

Wonderful photo. LIKE Greetings from Hungary. Eta

Angelofruhr on September 15, 2012

How fascinating!! L67

Warm greetings from Germany, Angelika

sandart on September 15, 2012

Adorable capture, Makis! Great photo! LIKE

Warm greetings, Alexander

>| Micha |< on September 15, 2012

Hello Makis,

wow, amazing star view. Great + like

Best wishes Micha

Giorgos Gioutlakis on September 15, 2012

Η εξευρένηση του διατήματος! Χαιρετίσματα,Γιώργος

Stefan 100yanov on September 15, 2012

Great picture! YS+L! Best greetings, Stefan

Nicodemos Rosa on September 15, 2012

Wow! It is wonderful sky. like-73 Greetings from Brazil.

jeff_msn123 on September 15, 2012

Amazing! LIKE

Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff

michel brenguer on September 15, 2012

Magnifique image !!


Cordiales salutations. Michel

thachhan on September 15, 2012

Very very beautiful image !LIKE+++ . Best wishes for you , thachhan .

ANGEL, EL ALFA III on September 15, 2012

Me gusta. Like. Saludos desde Madrid, España

Matteo B on September 15, 2012

Amazing picture!!


Best regards from Italy, matteberna

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 14, 2012
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    by makis-GREECE ®
    • Camera: Canon EOS 1000D
    • Taken on 2010/07/09 23:50:50
    • Exposure: 40.000s
    • Focal Length: 21.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO1600
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash