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The sun’s newly classified neighborhood — the Local Arm, as shown in this picture — is more prominent than previously supposed. Credit: Robert Hurt, IPAC; Bill Saxton,

The sun’s newly classified neighborhood — the Local Arm, as shown in this picture — is more prominent than previously supposed. Credit: Robert Hurt, IPAC; Bill Saxton,

analogies used in essays by  HS students (so terrible)

They are genius.

ESO 510-G13, a spiral galaxy approximately 150 million light-years away in the constellation Hydra.

ESO 510-G13, a spiral galaxy approximately 150 million light-years away in the constellation Hydra.

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The real size of the sun…

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The sun, planets and Voyager probes sit inside the tiny yellow dot at right, within a giant sphere called the Oort cloud. This reservoir of trillions of ice chunks extends 100,000 astronomical units out, tethered to the sun by gravity. Astronomers believe these objects got thrown out of the inner solar system as the planets took shape 4.5 billion years ago.  Such an important find!!

Voyager's view

The sun, planets and Voyager probes sit inside the tiny yellow dot at right, within a giant sphere called the Oort cloud. This reservoir of trillions of ice chunks extends 100,000 astronomical units out, tethered to the sun by gravity. Astronomers believe these objects got thrown out of the inner solar system as the planets took shape 4.5 billion years ago. Such an important find!!

The Small Magellanic Cloud, or SMC, is a small galaxy about 200,000 light-years way that orbits our own Milky Way spiral galaxy. (3600×3600)

The Small Magellanic Cloud, or SMC, is a small galaxy about 200,000 light-years way that orbits our own Milky Way spiral galaxy. (3600×3600)

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