Deep Thinking

How can we know what the Milky Way looks like?

Our telescopes have captured breathtaking images of the visible parts of our galaxy, but the vastness and complexity of the Milky Way pose significant challenges for astronomers. The enigmatic appearance of the Milky Way across Earth’s night sky sparked centuries of debate among astronomers and philosophers. The name describes the galaxy’s appearance as seen from […]


Milky Way’s shape could be different than we thought

Our solar system is part of the Milky Way galaxy. In the night sky, its shape is only partially discernible. From one horizon to the other, it appears as a hazy strip of light. However, the structure of the galaxy is hidden by this side view, making it impossible for astronomers to determine the shape […]