The Milky Way, a galaxy about 100,000 light-years across, is our cosmic neighborhood. Scientists once thought the Milky Way was the only galaxy in the universe, but we now know its just one of billions. By studying galaxies and the stars and planets they contain, scientists have learned much about the universe and how it formed. Readers will be amazed when they see the stunning cosmic images of galaxies. Graphic organizers and accessible scientific text help make this volumn an informative, enjoyable read.