Our planet Earth and our Solar System is part of a cluster of stars called the Milky Way galaxy. If you go out on a clear night, you might see some of the Milky Way. It’s a narrow band across the sky, thick with stars compared to the rest of the sky.
This is another view of the Milky Way galaxy. Isn’t it beautiful?
Where are we in the Milky Way? We’re just one dot among millions…
What else is up there in the sky? Comets! Here is comet ISON, which flew by Earth in 2013. Those twinkly things are stars, like our own Sun. The fuzzy, smaller things? Those are galaxies. This picture, taken by the Hubble telescope, has a lot of cool space things in it!
The Hubble space telescope is 25 years old this month, so you both have birthdays in April! The Hubble takes beautiful photos of stars and the skies. One of my favorites is this one, showing the Orion Nebula, where new stars are being born right now! At night, in the winter, you can see Orion and see the nebula as a fuzzy spot on the “sword” of Orion.
Want to see more pictures from Hubble? Here is a whole gallery of images and I love every one of them!
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