Are we able to see out of our galaxy?
Yes, indeed. Our Milky Way galaxy is a flat disk of spirals around a core of about 100,000 light-years in diameter. Looking perpendicular to the disk, astronomers can see other galaxies billions of light-years away. One of our nearest neighbors in the universe, the Andromeda galaxy, is faintly visible with the naked eye on a clear, dark night. People in the Southern Hemisphere can also see two nearby small galaxies called the Magellanic Clouds.
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