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Why Is Our Galaxy Called The Milky Way ?
« on: 02/09/2007 20:29:33 »
Dear Namers of Galaxies,


Who decided that this:



should be named after this ?




Seriously though...why is our galaxy called so ?

Who decides on what galaxies are called ?

Does the name have to approved by an international body ?

Is it the same for stars/planets/anything spacey  ?







 

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Why Is Our Galaxy Called The Milky Way ?
« Reply #1 on: 02/09/2007 20:34:21 »
It came about because when you look from Earth towards the galactic centre, what you see is like a milky-white fog trail across the sky. There are so many stars that, to the naked eye, they are impossible to distinguish.
 

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