Visualize Our Galaxy with the Umbrella Model (English and Spanish)

Visualize Our Galaxy with the Umbrella Model (English and Spanish)

  • Daytime Event
  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Outside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Child, Teen, Adult

This model of the Milky Way Galaxy puts the night sky we see into perspective.


Use the umbrella model for your outreach events! You can also print your own version

Seeing a galaxy from the edge gives us a glimpse of our perspective from within a similar structure.

Scientists study galaxies of all shapes and sizes to learn about their composition, formation, and evolution. We also better understand our own galaxy through studying others.

As you look at our place in the Milky Way as shown on this model, think about  how our place in our galaxy creates what we see in our night sky. What would other galaxies look like from within? What would our night sky look like if our solar system was located somewhere else in our galaxy?

Last updated:  March 25, 2021
 

Video

Galaxy Umbrella Scale Model Demo

Learn about our place in the galaxy, and a way to demonstrate this concept with your audiences in a demonstration by Vivian.

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Daytime Event
Daytime Event
Nighttime Event
Nighttime Event
Inside Venue
Inside Venue
Outside Venue
Outside Venue
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