The Structure of Our Galaxy


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Based on what you learned in this lesson, what would you mainly expect to inhabit the central bulge?

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1. The halo and central bulge of the galaxy are known as the:

2. By definition, you know that galaxies contain star clusters, or collections of stars. One type of star cluster is the globular cluster. It contains very old stars. Another type is known as an open cluster, containing young stars. Generally, where would you expect to find such star clusters? Hint: use what you've learned in this lesson about the age of stars, their locations, and the structure of the galaxy to help you answer this question.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are numerous galaxies that exist in the universe. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of the structure of our galaxy. You'll be tested on areas that include the components of the Milky Way, ages and locations of stars, and types of star clusters.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following aspects of the structure of our galaxy:

  • The components of the Milky Way
  • Ages and locations of stars
  • The plane of the Milky Way
  • The disk of our galaxy

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the structural make up of our galaxy and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as globular cluster and open cluster
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the structure of the Milky Way
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the halo and central bulge

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Milky Way, review the accompanying lesson called, The Structure of Our Galaxy. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the type of galaxy we live in
  • List what the Milky Way encompasses
  • Learn about various types of star clusters and their locations
  • Describe the central bulge