the Milky Way


: a broad band of light that can be seen in the night sky and that is caused by the light of a very large number of faint stars
: the galaxy in which we live that contains the stars that make up the Milky Way

Examples of the Milky Way in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Joshua Tree, the best moonless nights for observing the Milky Way are the first eight days of June, July and August. Laura Randall, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 That sounds ominous, but neutron stars do not typically form in pairs, so there is only one collision in the Milky Way about every 10,000 years. Chris Impey, Discover Magazine, 8 Apr. 2024 Related article Scientists discover ‘staggering’ features in massive Milky Way star explosion Gaia has already helped astronomers to determine when the Milky Way experienced different merger events in the past, and future observations could unlock more insights. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 21 Mar. 2024 What’s more, the galaxy also had a low mass, similar to a dwarf galaxy near the Milky Way known as the Small Magellanic Cloud — which is still forming new stars. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 6 Mar. 2024 Astronomers believe that the supermassive black holes found at the center of galaxies like the Milky Way grew to their current size over billions of years, according to the University of Cambridge. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2024 In short, the maps show not the Milky Way in static equilibrium, as researchers expected, but rather the galaxy's departure from it. Ann Finkbeiner, Scientific American, 16 Jan. 2024 From things too small to see (washing my hands to get rid of any germs from the trash) from things almost too big to grasp (the Milky Way laid out above me, sprawling across the sky a hundred thousand light years wide). Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2010 Bright, innovative and with years of experience as an executive corporate chef, Phil was ready to work with the family to lead the Milky Way into a new era. Ethel G. Hofman, Sun Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024

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“The Milky Way.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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