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Galaxy Tour

Are you ready for the ultimate field trip? We?ll start in our own cosmic neighborhood, the Milky Way, then zoom out to other galaxies of the universe. You?re about to discover that one size (or shape) fits all definitely doesn?t apply to these huge collections of stars, gas, and dust.

Things to Know Before You Go

Answers From the Expert

Frank Summers is an astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History. He knows all about galaxies and has answered a few questions submitted by kids like you. At each stop along the tour, click the audio file to hear his response.
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The Milky Way
A galaxy we call home

Magellanic Clouds
Our nearest galaxies

The nearest spiral galaxy

The Virgo Cluster
A gallery of galaxies

Unusual Galaxies
From the Siamese Twins to the Sombrero

Hubble Deep Field
Galaxies from the past

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