SETI Institute Anniversary 1/6: The Milky Way Galaxy

It is getting more and more difficult to find a dark place, without night pollution and far from the smog of the cities, to be able to realize that we are part of a large barred spiral galaxy called the “Milky Way Galaxy”. ┬áSeen from Earth, our galaxy will appear as a fuzzy arc in the sky commonly called the Milky Way and composed of 200-400 billion stars. This picture ┬átaken by Tony Hallas, a mosaic of 24 frames taken in north of California, was shown in APOD on December 25 2009.