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The Milky Way

You can catch glimpses of the Milky Way, the Earth’s galaxy, from the outskirts of towns and cities, from where it may appear as a faint patch overhead. Get away from light pollution, though, and you can see the band of the galaxy stretching across the sky.

If you ever get somewhere really dark, then you’ll begin to see breathtaking structure in the Milky Way – dark bands and blobs that come from clouds of dust in the galaxy blocking out the starlight of the stars behind.

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