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Whither goest thou, Milky Way?
As the young god Heracles forcefully suckled the breast of the Greek goddess Hera, she pushed him away and a spurt of her breast milk spilled across the sky. The name of our home galaxy, which does in fact appear in the night sky as a milky band, originates from this Greek legend. The term 'galaxy' stems from the ancient Greek word for milk, 'gala'.
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Last update: 03/08/2009 09:32:25