"See yonder, lo, the Galaxyë Which men clepeth the Milky Wey,

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"See yonder, lo, the Galaxyë Which men clepeth the Milky Wey,

Post by Guest on Sat Nov 27, 2010 4:18 am

"See yonder, lo, the Galaxyë
Which men clepeth the Milky Wey,
For hit is whyt."
—Geoffrey Chaucer. The House of Fame, c. 1380.[14]
When William Herschel constructed his catalog of deep sky objects, he used the name spiral nebula for certain objects such as M31. These would later be recognized as immense conglomerations of stars, when the true distance to these objects began to be appreciated, and they would be termed island universes. However, the word Universe was understood to mean the entirety of existence, so this expression fell into disuse and the objects instead became known as galaxies.[15]

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