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Astronomy

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Astronomy
the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole.
The Scale of the Universe
Universe
Supercluster
Local Group
Galaxy
Solar Systems and Star
Sun and Planets
1 light year
measurement = to the distance traveled in a vacuum at the speed of light for 1 year. (approx 9.5 trillion km)
Universe
-1 billion light years across
-mostly empty space
-contains billions of . . .
Supercluster
-120 mill. light years across
-contains dozens of . . .
Local Group
-5 mil. LY across
-contains about 30 . . .
Galaxy
100,000 LY across
o contains billions of stars
o Our galaxy: Milky Way (200 bill. stars)
Solar System
Contains planets orbiting the sun.