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5 amazing things you probably didn't know about the Milky Way

5 amazing things you probably didn't know about the Milky Way

Photo: Marcel Clemens /Shutterstock To most of us, the Milky Way seems like a cool belt of stars in the sky that makes a particularly pretty design when it's dark enough to see it. But there is so, so much more to the story. 1. When we look up at the Milky Way, we're only seeing about 0.0000025 percent of the stars in the galaxy. That's not just because the human eye is fairly weak. Most of the stars in the Milky Way are obscured by gas and dust. But even if we could see all the stars, only about 10 percent of the galaxy is visible; about 90 percent of it is made up of dark matter, which is invisible to us. 2. Just how many stars does the Milky Way have, anyway? According to Universe Today , "The Milky Way has between 100-400 billion stars... This number is not fixed, however, because the Milky Way is constantly losing stars through supernovae, and producing new ones all t...

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