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Our milky way galaxy consists of millions of stars that make it more shiny in the black sky. Which powerful source of energy has turned The Identity of Milky Way into a huge Galaxy consisting of all  the all the celestial bodies on a proper place with proper atmosphere.


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The birth of Milky way Galaxy

Long before the Sun and the solar system formed, before the galaxy existed, the universe was filled with gas - mainly hydrogen, with some helium. This gas was eventually to be turned into stars, planets and people. But before these things could happen, the galaxy had to form.

Astronomers believe that the galaxy formed out of a large, fairly spherical cloud of cold gas, rotating slowly in space. At some point in time, the cloud began to collapse in on itself, or condense, in the same way that the clouds which formed individual stars also condensed. Initially, some stars may have formed as the gas cloud began to fragment around the edges, with each fragment condensing further to form a star or group of stars. Because the cloud was spherical at that time, we do see some very old stars distributed in a spherical halo around the outside of the galaxy today. At such early times, these stars consisted only of the hydrogen and helium gas which made up the cloud.

The cloud continued to collapase, with more and more stars being formed as it did so. Since the cloud was rotating, the spherical shape began to flatten out into a disc, and the stars which were formed at this time filled the disc regions. Once again we see this shape today in the main body of the galaxy. As the formation of new stars continued, some of those which had been created earlier had enough time to evolve to the end of their active lifetimes, and these stars began to shed their atmospheres or explode in huge supernova events. In the process, these older citizens of the still young galaxy enriched the gas in the cloud with the new, heavier elements which they had formed, and the new stars being created in the disc regions contained the heavier elements. Astronomers call these younger, enriched stars population 1 stars, and the older stars population 2.

This process of star formation, then manufacturing heavier elements inside stars and finally returning these elements into the gas between the stars (called the interstellar medium) continued, as it still does today, all the time enriching the medium so that today the gas within our galaxy consists not only of Hydrogen and Helium, but also the other elements which are needed to form the Earth and the rest of the universe we see around us.

  The Milky Way today

The Milky Way galaxy in which we now live is a very different place to the cold gas from which it formed over 16 billion years ago. No longer is it a spherical mass of hydrogen; today astronomers with radio telescopes have charted the clouds of gas and have found that the Milky Way is a Spiral Galaxy, one of countless others. Whilst we can't "stand back" and see our galaxy as a whole, we can look out into space and see other galaxies which we think may be similar to our own.

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