What is the name of our galaxy?

The name of our galaxy is the Milky Way. Our Sun and all of the stars that you see at night belong to the Milky Way. When you go outside on a dark night and look up, you will see a milky, misty-looking band stretching across the sky. When you look at this band, you are looking into the densest parts of the Milky Way, the "disk" and the "bulge."

HubbleSite and STScI are not responsible for content found outside of hubblesite.org and stsci.edu

Next question: Where is the Earth in the Milky Way galaxy?

Previous question: What is a galaxy?

See all questions and answers on one big page.

Return to question list for Galaxies

Return to FAQ home