5 Incredible Facts About The Milky Way Galaxy

Check out these amazing facts about our massive galaxy, the Milky Way!


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The Milky Way galaxy, is an incredible 13 billion year old formation of billions of stars and planets, along with moons, asteroids, comets and plenty of other fascinating things. All of this celestial beauty spans an estimated area of around 120,000 light years and most importantly to us, is the birth place of humanity. So let’s look at 5 incredible facts about the this mighty system we call the Milky Way galaxy.

Exoplanets are planets beyond our solar system and scientist know they come in all kinds of sizes, but the most interesting ones are those that are found orbiting a star within the habitual zone. The galaxy that we exist within, according to NASA is estimated to have tens of billions of these types of planets, And even more exciting is that many of them could be small, rocky Earth like planets that might harbour life similar to ours.

Our entire solar system orbits around the sun in some way, But the Sun, orbits around the centre of the Milky Way galaxy, which is so massive, that it takes an estimated 250 million years for us to make one complete orbit and this is known as a galactic year or cosmic year. Some studies have even suggested that because of this consistent movement around the galaxies centre, our solar system might periodical run in to some life destroying situations, like massive asteroids or comets being forced in to a collusion course with the inner planets.

The milky way is a barred spiral galaxy that spans an area of 120,000 light years across, with a central bulge of about 12,000 light years thick. But if you could see the entire galaxy from a side view, you would notice that it is actually warped in shape. Scientists believe that this warping is actually caused by the milky ways two neighbouring galaxy’s, the large and small Magellanic Clouds. This pair of smaller orbiting galaxies are known as “satellites” and appear to be interacting with the milky ways mysterious dark matter, resulting in this magnificent warped spiral effect.

Our galaxy is a galactic cannibal, because it has gained its massive size by eating up other small galaxies over billions of years. Within the far reaches of the milky ways shell, studies suggest that left over stars from previous acts of galactic cannibalism can even be found. and currently, The Canis Major dwarf galaxy, which is the closest to us is being added to the milky ways disk. This kind of galactic cannibalism is thought to occur because of tidal gravitational interactions, resulting in two galaxy’s colliding and becoming one. Astronomers have also estimated that the two spiral galaxy’s, the Milky Way and Andromeda will collide in around 4.5 million years, resulting in one massive elliptical galaxy.

Much Like other large galaxies the Milky Way has a super massive black hole churning away at its galactic centre, around 26,000 light years from Earth. The black hole that lurks here is believed to be 14 million miles across and was detected by a massive source of radio waves. Observations of nearby galaxies have revealed that super massive black holes are not uncommonly found within galactic centres, but the formation of such large black holes and how they affect the evolution of galaxies is still not fully understood.
Fleeting Light – Geminid Meteor Shower-Henry Jun Wah Lee Evosia
Flying Up Close to Sun – Jason Fletcher
Blackhole – Aimei Kutt
Music – Bensound – Slow Motion
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41 thoughts on “5 Incredible Facts About The Milky Way Galaxy

  1. PriZma Clan November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    does it count if i see a shooting star in the video?

    yes? ok.

    I wish there was another galaxy that we could live in.

  2. wolf light November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Why can't we see milky way galaxy in Lancaster P.A.?????

  3. john ellington November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Imagine the evolutionary ways of existence. Blow the top off thinking we are alone.

  4. forestsoceansmusic November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Too many theories ("studies suggest") and not enough facts (what has actually been observed, instead of interpretations of those observations).

  5. Zoe De-Bellis November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    talk about squihies or slime

  6. Zoe De-Bellis November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am


  7. rude one November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    we orbit around our sun obits around our galaxy ……………………………….our galaxy orbits around what?? is that what that mystery flow is ….. its that we and everything else is obiting around what?obvious;y everything orbits around something

  8. Chernor Bah November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    whats the background song name called

  9. Potato November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    This galaxy has a bigger bulge than I do.

  10. Ramil just Macalino November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I use thisto study in class lol

  11. David Ech November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    May humanity reach enlightenment before we begin to colonize other solar systems and eventually leave our milky way galaxy. Otherwise we will bring chaos everywhere and be deemed a cancer and eliminated.

  12. Nirmal Das November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Mind boggling facts

  13. Jackie B Inspires November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Very nice work… I truly enjoyed this video. Come by me as well & say hello for some inspiration. Enjoy your eve. 🙂

  14. JayKaiiGamer123 _YT November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    U know whats in the really center of the milky way galaxy?


  15. GrilledChilli November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Why does he sounds like Jeracraft😹

  16. Christos Pratis November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    our galaxy is very cool

  17. N-tox November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Milky way just one among millions of galaxies . hmmm

  18. face your fierce November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    do this if the earth spins to the milky way galaxy

  19. Manticore Leader November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Like if your watching this without socks

  20. Thamo Thomas November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    So were are basically living in Agario :] or Spinzio

  21. XyloWolf ROBLOX and more November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Guys I also know a fact!, how did they take a picture of the Milky Way?

  22. Lulan Shazier November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I really
    want to eat a Milky Way may I get one of those things

  23. Hello To the other side November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    milky way is:

    age:12 to14 billion years
    total diameter: 80 000-100 000 light years
    number of stars:t'least 200 billion (?)

    thats all i know…..

  24. Joe Morello November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Awesome! 🇨🇦😊

  25. Milky Way Galaxy November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    i know im amazing

  26. George Vega November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    mr vendor can you please make videos i like these videos

  27. JBMgamer 06 November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Man…. The Milky Way is beautiful

  28. ToutCQJM November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am


  29. Santana Flores November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    What's that song!!!???

  30. Insane Plum November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Space is terrifying, and that's why I want to learn as much as possible about it.

  31. Red Vanderbilt November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Who took the pictures of the milky way if we haven't sent any satellites yet outside out galaxy? Giorgio: Aliens

  32. Red Vanderbilt November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    am I the only one who's watching this to get asleep?

  33. Austin Funk November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    A lot of people don't realize this, but the milky way galaxy actually tastes like shit.

  34. Yr Ysf November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    The pictures of Milkyway gaIaxy I see in the internet, is it real or just an idea ? I ask becuz we are inside our galaxy, something to take pic of our galaxy has to be outside the Milkyway galaxy but we cant even send probe to solar systems only 500 lightyears away from the sun. May be its a stupid question but I would like to know.

  35. raimesey November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    If you're lucky enough there is nothing more beautiful and awe inspiring than staring up at the Milky Way on a clear night. It really puts things in to perspective.

  36. Generations Gamer November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I love how everything this guy is praising is just praising the creation of the power of God.

  37. David Riddell November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    HOW CAN ANYONE EVEN CLAIM TO HAVE THE SLIGHTEST KNOWLEDGE OF HOW OLD THE [MILKY WAY] IS???  GENIUS,S AND ASTROPHYSICIST,S CLAIM IT TO BE [just over] 13-7 BILLION YEARS OLD?? AGAIN WHERE DO THESE PEOPLE GET THESE NUMBERS FROM?  HOW DO WE KNOW THAT IT HAS ,NT ALLWAYS BEEN THERE????.  MAYBE IT,S 12 MILLION YEARS AND 16 DAYS  OR 5,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,0-00,000,000,000,000,000,000. TRILLION YEARS OLD?????   OR BETTER STILL MAYBE IT,S BEEN THERE FOR [INFINITY]   AND WHILE WE,RE ON THE SUBJECT OF SPACE/TIME THEORY/ MAYBE THERE WAS NO START TO TIME AND THERE WILL BE NO END?

  38. aleksei kuvshinikov November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Intro music?

  39. Masashi Ng November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    The Andromeda and the Milky Way won't collide.

  40. Deen November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Thank you for making this video! It will probably help in my presentasjion I have with my friend in the nature section at school! (I am norwegian so sorry for my bad grammar)

  41. Nole Delgado November 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Scientists tells us that our Milky Way Galaxy & the Andromeda Galaxy are heading towards each other and they will likely not collide with each other because of the vastness of space.

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