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  • Use the script from the manual as a guide for this PowerPoint. Image is a artist’s conception of the Milky Way Galaxy: artist is employed by the Space Telescope Science Institute (Hubble).
  • On this scale, our Sun would be much smaller than a grain of sand. What do you know about that is about 2,500 miles across?
  • So … are you ready to look at all the things in our Galaxy through the telescopes? Many of the amateur astronomers can tell you about how far away the object is that you will see, on the scale of the Solar System as a bit bigger than a quarter and the Galaxy the size of North America. For example, the North Star is 430 light years away. But on this scale where we have shrunk our Solar System down, it is about 11 miles away - or about as far away as ___( pick a city or landmark about 11 miles from your location).
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    • 1. © 2004 Astronomical Society of the Pacific www.astrosociety.org 1 Our Place in Our Galaxy
    • 2. © 2004 Astronomical Society of the Pacific www.astrosociety.org 2 What’s the Difference? Universe Galaxy Image credits: NASA, STScI Solar System
    • 3. © 2004 Astronomical Society of the Pacific www.astrosociety.org 3 What’s the Difference? Universe Galaxy Solar System
    • 4. © 2004 Astronomical Society of the Pacific www.astrosociety.org 4 Where is our Solar System? Visible stars, gas, dust in the Milky Way Galaxy Image credits: NASA, STScI Solar System here
    • 5. © 2004 Astronomical Society of the Pacific www.astrosociety.org 5 Solar System
    • 6. © 2004 Astronomical Society of the Pacific www.astrosociety.org 6 How big is the Milky Way Galaxy? 100,000 light years Image credits: NASA, STScI
    • 7. © 2004 Astronomical Society of the Pacific www.astrosociety.org 7 How far is 100,000 light years? 1 inch represents 5.5 light hours (Sun to Pluto) 1 mile represents 40 light years 2,500 miles represents 100,000 light years
    • 8. © 2004 Astronomical Society of the Pacific www.astrosociety.org 8 2,500 miles Continent of North America!
    • 9. © 2004 Astronomical Society of the Pacific www.astrosociety.org 9
    • 10. © 2004 Astronomical Society of the Pacific www.astrosociety.org 10 And how thick is our Galaxy? Credit: NASA, COsmic Background Explorer (COBE) Project ~1000 light years
    • 11. © 2004 Astronomical Society of the Pacific www.astrosociety.org 11 How thick is 1,000 light years? If 2,500 miles represents 100,000 light years 25 miles represents 1,000 light years
    • 12. © 2004 Astronomical Society of the Pacific www.astrosociety.org 12 200 BILLION Stars!!!
    • 13. © 2004 Astronomical Society of the Pacific www.astrosociety.org 13 Fill with bird seed 4 feet deep on a football field 200 BILLION Stars!!!
    • 14. © 2004 Astronomical Society of the Pacific www.astrosociety.org 14 2,500 miles Spread them over the continent 25 miles deep!
    • 15. © 2004 Astronomical Society of the Pacific www.astrosociety.org 15

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