The light area on the left side of this photo is the Milky Way. What is the Milky Way?
A constellation.No. The Milky Way contains many more stars than a constellation.
A solar system.No. A solar system only has one star, not a huge number of stars.
A galaxy.Yes! Our solar system is part of the Milky Way galaxy. When we lived in the city, the lights made it difficult to see the Milky Way. Now that we live far from city lights, it is amazingly easy to see.
A universe.No. The Milky Way is only a small part of the entire universe.
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SC.5.E.5.1 Recognize that a galaxy consists of gas, dust, and many stars, including any objects orbiting the stars. Identify our home galaxy as the Milky Way.
SC.8.E.5.3 Distinguish the hierarchical relationships between planets and other astronomical bodies relative to solar system, galaxy, and universe, including distance, size, and composition.