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Questions regarding the Milky Way Galaxy, the galaxy that Earth's solar system is in.

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Volume of Galaxies

Pretty much awkward question though. I would like to ask how is the volume of a Galaxy X is measured? For example consider milky way, what are the techniques to measure the same? How accurate and ...
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Q: star scaling calculation

If in our neighborhood of the Milky Way, the typical spacing between stars is 1 parsec, and the relative velocities between neighboring stars are of order 20 km/sec, what would the spacing between ...
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How is the Sun tilted to its orbit around the Milky Way's center?

We know how the Sun is tilted in reference to its planets but how is it tilted to Sagittarius A or its orbit around it? Or isn't it tilted at all?
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Does the Milky Way move through space?

Does our galaxy moves through space? Or does it stay in a single location? If it does move, what causes it to move?
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When will the Milky Way “arrive” at the Great Attractor, and what all happen then?

The Great Attractor is described as a location to towards which the Milky Way, along with all other galaxies in the Laniakea Supercluster are moving. How long will it take for the Milky Way to "arrive"...
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How do we know Milky Way is a 'barred' spiral galaxy?

In reference to the question, "How can we tell that the milky way is a spiral galaxy?" The answers there clearly sum up the question asked. But Milky Way is not just a spiral galaxy. It is further ...
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How do galaxies move in space?

Kind of like a shower thought just occurred to me. We've all seen lots of animation about spiral galaxies, how they crash... in virtually all of them, I recall they move in a frisbee way, that is ...
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Is Zeta Reticuli within the Orion Arm?

My research has told me astronomers have labeled the galaxy arm that our system is located the Orion Arm but I have yet to find out if that also applies to Zeta Reticuli or not (not asking about ...
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In the milky way which star(s) are farthest from galactic plane?

I am looking for at least one star on each of the side of the galactic plane. I understand there would be an error tolerance. So, please do not hesitate if the answer is not exact. Preferably, please ...
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Why does the 70-solar-mass black hole in the LB-1 system challenge current astrophysics?

Recently scientists discovered a large stellar-mass black hole, which (previously) they believed that it shouldn't be possible in our galaxy! Source An international team of scientists say they ...
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Can we measure stellar accelerations?

Many people concern themselves with understanding the Galactic potential. To me, the most obvious way is to measure the acceleration of a star, as this is directly related to the potential. So, one ...
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Does the sun cross other spiral arms in its movement around the galaxy's center?

Today, Ansa.it released an article that states: [...]. In questo suo peregrinare galattico, il Sole ha attraversato anche i due bracci della Via Lattea Perseo e Centauro. "Sono zone di alta ...
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Who is Seyfert, and what is “the so-called Seyfert flare”?

The BBC's Milky Way's centre exploded 3.5 million years ago says: A cataclysmic energy flare ripped through our galaxy, the Milky Way, about 3.5 million years ago, a team of astronomers say. They say ...
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Milky Way, view outward or inward?

I have a question about the view of the Milky Way that we can see from earth with the naked eye. I believe this to be light from the stars contained in one of the "arms" of the galaxy. I had always ...
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From what distance will be able to see milky way and andromeda collision? [closed]

Considering that we would out of Milky Way, at what distance would a human will be able to see the collision with naked eye and and how fast would the galaxies appear to be approaching each other
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Has a “white hole” theory been advanced to explain anomalous star formation in Sagittarius A?

In 2008, the European Southern Observatory reported, upon the end of a 16-year study described here http://www.eso.org/public/usa/news/eso0846/, that the 28 stars nearest the very large black hole in ...
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More recent data and simulations of “Milkomeda”, the collision of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies?

The Space.com headline Hubble Telescope Spots Two Galaxies in a Doomed (but Dazzling) Dance; The galaxies will ultimately crash into each other was probably overstated as seems to be policy in some ...
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How did they estimate the mass of Sgr A*'s companion G2 without knowing what it was?

Gizmodo.com's Astronomers Spot Unprecedented Flashes From Our Galaxy's Black Hole mentions Sgr A*'s companion gas cloud G2. That Wikipedia article says: First noticed as something unusual in ...
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Can we see the stars at the edge of the Milkyway?

This question proved much more difficult to formulate than I initially imagined. It concerns how far out in the Milky Way that we actually see with different telescopes. I know the Milky Way disk is ...
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How did they measure the distance to the center of our galaxy to 0.3% accuracy?

The abstract of A geometric distance measurement to the Galactic center black hole with 0.3% uncertainty (Open Access) says: We present a 0.16% precise and 0.27% accurate determination of R₀, the ...
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Supergalactic and Equatorial coordinates

What's the difference between Supergalactic and Equatorial coordinates?
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What do we know about the lifecycle of the Milky Way (or any other spiral galaxy)?

I know that the Milky Way will collide with Andromeda in the distant future but my knowledge about the lifecycle of a galaxy is very lacking. I was surprised that Wikipedia is so sparse on ...
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Collision with Andromeda Galaxy

According to Hubble's law, the universe is expanding and this expansion is proportional to distance between the two objects and thus objects are moving away at a very fast rate, then why is it ...
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Full picture of our galaxy from the outside [duplicate]

How far a spaceship should travel to take a full picture of our own galaxy from the outside?
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Whereabouts of the Pleiades

I assume they should be in the Milky Way galaxy. I have read about it a little but did not find information on where they are. Which galaxy do the Pleiades belong to?
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What is the likely closest encounter for a typical star during the Milky Way Andromeda Merger?

This is closely related, but distinct question to What are the chances of a star colliding with another during a galactic collision?. The accepted answer to that question places the odds of the Sun ...
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Is the Sun in our solar system moving or stationary?

When I was small, I read that Sun is fixed at the center of the solar system and that all the other planets rotate around it. But later I heard that even the Sun is not fixed; it moves. Is this true? ...
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How do I find stars within milky way using galactic latitude and longitude

I have data that contains galactic latitude and longitude of stars. I have to determine all the stars that are within our milky way. How do I find it?
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What are the chances of a star colliding with another during a galactic collision?

My specific example for the question is the future collision of the galaxies Milky Way (our own galaxy) and Andromeda in a couple billion years. The star in question is obviously the sun in this case. ...
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What is that light of the middle of the milky way galaxy?

I'm Being confused what is that light in the middle of milky way galaxy? Image is from Charting the Milky Way From the Inside Out The text with the image explains a lot about the spiral arms and the ...
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Clarity on dust extinction terms and implementation: R_V, A_V, and E(B-V)

I have created a model galaxy spectrum using STARBURST99 and want to compare it to an observed spectrum of a particular galaxy. I understand that I need to redden ...
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The equation for calculating how many times Earth (or our solar system) has revolved around the Milky Way

I have seen it said on Quora and Reddit that it's about every 220-250 million years to go around the Milky Way from Earth. Wondering what the rough equation is for calculating it. That is, I guess, ...
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What pole is closer to the galactic edge? [duplicate]

Suppose 2 spaceships leave from the earth's north and South Pole going straight up which one will exit the galaxy first (assume they have the same speed and are going in a totally straight line) ? ...
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Earth orbit around the Sun and its position in the Galaxy

Given the orbit of the Earth around the Sun and the position of the Sun in the Galaxy, in which season are we (the Earth) closer to the galactic center?
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Sky view from Stellarium software vs. Sky view with naked eye

I'm slowly starting to interest in astronomy. Currently I'm enjoying in stargazing but unfortunately place where I live is very light polluted. I'm planing my vacation in a couple of months and one of ...
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How many horizontal branch stars are within 2 kpc of the sun?

For my research purposes, I am wondering how many horizontal branch (HB) stars are within 2 kpc of the sun? I tried to find some with the Gaia DR2 data with a magnitude cut that leaves HB stars out ...
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What’s the closest earth like planet we have discovered in our galaxy? [closed]

What’s the closest earth like planet or moon to earth we have discovered in our galaxy?
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If the Milky Way galaxy is as big as planet earth, how big is Earth?

If the Milky Way galaxy is as big as planet earth, how big is Earth?
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How many arms does the Milky Way galaxy have?

How many arms does the Milky Way galaxy have and how is it determined?
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Of the stars in the Gaia / Hipparchos catalogs, which one is the most isolated?

This is just a matter of curiosity; I was thinking about a scifi story. By "Isolated", I mean that if for every star (or binary) we found the distance to its closest neighboring star, then which one ...
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What would our night sky look like if the solar system was 100 light years from the centre of the Milky Way

When we look at photo's of the centre of the Milky Way, it looks extremely bright due to the concentraion of star systems... If our solar system was only 100 light years from the centre of the Galaxy,...
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What is the angle between the planes of Oumuamua's hyperbola and the Milky Way Galaxy?

Viewing the animations of Oumuamua passing through the solar system, it is apparent that the plane of its hyperbola departs from the plane of the ecliptic by a large amount. The plane of the ecliptic ...
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In which direction does the Milky Way rotate?

We don't have a photo of our Milky Way the whole, all the pictures are artists' interpretations showing a bulge, a central bar, and several spiral arms. The milky way is spinning. I would like to know:...
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Are the viewable nebulae only in our galaxy?

Where are all the nebulae located? Yes, a simple question that should be obvious but apparently is not to me. To be more explicit, how far are all these objects? Are they mostly in our galaxy? I'm ...
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Why the blank wedges in this very early 21 cm map of the Milky Way? (Oort et al. 1958)

Jan Oort was a pioneer in radio astronomy. Wikipedia says: It has been written that “Oort was probably the first astronomer to realize the importance” of radio astronomy. “In the days before radio ...
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How much overlap will the Andromeda galaxy and the Milky Way have when they collide?

Measurements of Andromeda's blue shift let us conclude that the distance between the Andromeda galaxy and the Milky Way is decreasing and in a few billion years they will "collide". The blue shift ...
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What are the odds for any two bodies to collide during the milky way-Andromeda collision? [duplicate]

When the two main galaxies of the local group will collide, it is very unlikely for stars to collide with another, but how unlikely is it in the initial collision? And over the whole merging process?
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Where is the center of the Milky Way located?

I have downloaded a star database from this page (The HYG Database): http://astronexus.com/node/34 And all the stars have (among other parameters) their XYZ coordinates in parsecs according to this ...
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How was the galactic plane established?

As pointed out in this answer the axes of galactic coordinates are defined such that galactic longitude and latitude (0, 0) point toward the galactic center. But then the plane defined by galactic ...
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Movement of the Sun in space

Does the Sun undergo any cycles or revolutions approximately every 24,000 years or 8.6 million years? In Hinduism it is believed that the Sun revolves in an elliptical orbit around a large mass at ...