Asked • 06/05/19

Did I see two Milky Ways next to each other?

I am from the northern hemisphere and as far as I remember, the Milky Way was "single lane", just one stripe. At least, this is what I recall the Milky Way to look like when seeing it from near Irkutsk, Siberia, in late August 1997.Yesterday I went to Blackbutt, Australia (somewhere near 27° South, 152° East) and the Milky Way seemed to have a large black stripe in the middle.I was wondering, if these were two spiral arms of the galaxy that we are part of.

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Danielle P. answered • 06/05/19

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Danielle P.

Oh yeah, also, depending on where you are and what time of year it is (basically Earth's current location) then that will determine what part of the milky way galaxy you can see.


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