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Milky Way
The Milky Way arches across this 360-degree panorama of the night sky above the Paranal platform, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope. Credit: ESO/H.H. Heyer.

Milky Way:

The hazy-white band of light that arcs across the night sky. The light comes from countless stars that are too far away to be seen separately without a telescope. It is what we see from Earth when we look out at the nearby portions of the Milky Way galaxy.