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The Milky Way is a Barred Spiral galaxy approximately 100,000 light years in diameter. It is the second largest member of the Local Group of galaxies, and possesses several satellite galaxies, including SagDEG, the Large Magellanic Cloud,the Small Magellanic Cloud, and more than 200 globular clusters. 

There are between 200 billion and 400 billion stars in the Milky Way, with a total mass between 750 billion and 1 trillion solar masses.  The Sol System (Earth) is located approximately 28,000 light years from the galactic core, in a small spiral arm known as Orion.  The Orion Arm, though minor, is one of several spiral bands that wrap around the galaxy. 


Within this vast galaxy on tiny Class M planet in 40 Erinani System...




Edited 3 times by cultbustersgalactica1 Mar 17 13 3:54 PM.