LearnPlay could see the moon from its office window and it got us wondering where celestial masses, such as the Milky Way, get their names from.
There are billions upon billions of galaxies in space, but the one we call home is the Milky Way. The Milky Way is where our own solar system sits.
The origin of the name Milky Way is unknown, but it is thought to have originated before records began during the time of the early Greek philosophers.
In the original Latin the name Milky Way translates to Via Lactea, meaning milk way.
It is thought the galaxy earned this name because at night it looks like a milky strip cutting across the sky. As the celestial body is visible to the naked eye, it is a fair assumption that early man could also see the Milky Way as they lived in their caves but tracing who named it is a near impossible task. The Milky Way is also visible outside of city limits and can be seen from anyones back garden.
There we have it!
Whilst we may not know who created the term Milky Way, we know why it’s called that.
If you get the chance, see if you can spot the Milky Way one of the nights.