Daffodils are compared to stars in the galaxy by the poet because they were extended in a straight line and seemed like stars in the sky. The daffodils were golden in hue, and their swaying in the air seemed like stars flashing. These parallels compelled the poet to compare them. Stars are large objects that we see in the night sky, while daffodils are small flowers that can be found everywhere in Europe.
Stars are big things, but daffodils are little. So comparing stars to daffodils shows that they are of a similar size. Also, both daffodils and stars extend in a straight line, just like the one between Toulouse and Paris. Finally, both daffodils and stars seem like flashes of light as they move through the air; this means they are identical in appearance.
This poem is about how beautiful the French countryside is, so it is appropriate for any trip to France. However, since it was written in 1872, some parts of it may not apply to today's France. For example, the Milky Way isn't visible from most places anymore because it is over populated areas.
Because quasars are so far away, they appear as solitary brilliant points in the sky, much like stars. This is why they are frequently labeled as stars in photographs. To identify the difference between a very distant quasar and a somewhat local star, look at its colors or spectrum in addition to its picture. A star will be blueish while a quasar can be as red as a ruby.
Quasars were first discovered by American astronomer Carl Wilhelm Lundburg in 1958, who was studying photos of the night sky taken with his family's telescope. He found several objects that were too bright to be stars but too remote to be galaxies. Today, we know these objects are extremely distant galaxies that exist when the universe was less than 10 million years old.
Lundburg called his new discovery "quasi-stellar radio sources" because of their similarity to stellar radio sources such as Cygnus X-1. The word "quasar" comes from the Latin words for "brightest thing of its kind." In 2001, NASA scientists decided to change the name to avoid confusion with other types of astronomical objects called quasars.
A quasar is an object that emits energy across the electromagnetic spectrum, including light visible to our eyes. The most powerful source of radiation coming from a quasar is known as an active galactic nucleus (AGN).
A pale, hazy—or milky—band in the sky can be seen on a very dark night, away from strong lights. This is the Milky Way galaxy. The hazy look is caused by the large number of faraway stars; your eyes cannot differentiate the stars as individual sources of light. Instead, they see only one luminous point-source, so there is no detail visible at all times. The haze also contributes to the illusion of distance because our eyes are used to looking at solid objects rather than distant ones.
The Milky Way extends for hundreds of thousands of light-years and contains more than 100 billion stars. It is one of the largest structures in the universe. Although made up of stars, it has no central star or nucleus like our own galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy. The Milky Way consists of two main parts: a spherical body about 5% of a light-year across called the galactic core, and a large flattened structure around it called the galactic disk. We can see evidence of these components from space with images such as this one from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Stars are formed when clouds of gas and dust within galaxies collapse under their own weight forming solar systems with planets. These planets then evolve into worlds with oceans and life as we know it. Our sun will one day join them in death with the possible exception of another planet orbiting it in time.
Blue stars are the brightest, and red stars are the darkest. Aside from temperature and brightness, a star's color typically—with the same qualification—indicates its size: the hottest and most energetic blue stars are usually larger, whereas red ones are smaller.
The term "star" applies to objects that are massive enough to fuse hydrogen into helium in their cores. The sun is a star, as is it sister star, Mercury. Stars are also called luminaries because they emit light, and that light comes in many colors, depending on the composition of the star. Blue stars are more common than red ones, which are more common than yellow ones. In fact, almost all stars are either blue or red, with only a few being yellow.
Stars are classified by how much energy they give off, with main sequence stars like our own sun being the most abundant type. Main sequence stars are those that have exhausted the hydrogen fuel in their cores and are now burning helium instead. As they age, they gradually move away from the main sequence toward higher temperatures and lower gravities (in other words, they become less dense). This happens because as stars get older they shrink due to loss of energy through radiation and gravity, so they need to consume material to add mass and restore their original size. A star's evolution depends largely on how much mass it has acquired - the more, the faster it will burn through its nuclear fuels and die.
Simply gazing around gives a basic impression of the form of the Milky Way galaxy—a ragged, hazy ribbon of light circles the sky. That finding suggests that our Milky Way Galaxy is a flattened disk of stars, with us positioned near the disk's plane. It would appear different if it wasn't a flattened disk. A three-dimensional view of the Milky Way can be obtained by looking at it from several directions, but even then, all you see are curves and dots because the galaxy is so far away.
Our view of the Milky Way is actually a conglomeration of light from billions of stars scattered through out its body. The galaxy has a dark center filled with old stars while its outer regions are full of young ones. By studying this distribution of stars across the galaxy, astronomers are able to learn much about the history of star formation within it.
The Milky Way is not only important for its own sake, but as a key reference point when viewing other galaxies too. With its spiral shape and millions of stars spread across an enormous area, it's not easy to visualize as a whole entity. However, knowing that the Milky Way is itself a galaxy helps put many other smaller objects in perspective. Galaxies come in three main types: spiral, elliptical and irregular. Our Milky Way belongs to the galaxy category called "disk galaxies", which are shaped like a flat disk.
Dwarf in Red Dwarf is a name given to a class of stars that are less massive and smaller in size than the Sun. There are two types of dwarf stars: red dwarfs and white dwarfs. The most common type of star in the Milky Way is also a red dwarf—a small, cool star that can be as small as half the mass of our Sun or smaller. Ours is about half the mass of the Sun.
In 2005, researchers using data from the Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS) found that almost all main-sequence stars below 0.5 solar masses are low-mass dwarfs. More recently, other studies have confirmed this result. Thus, dwarf stars account for nearly all low-mass stars in the galaxy.
Stars more massive than our Sun are called standard stars. They make up about 8 percent of the total number of stars in the Milky Way. Our Galaxy has between 100 billion and 400 billion stars, so this means that there are between 2 and 8 times as many standard stars as dwarf stars.
The majority of stars are expected to be either dwarf stars or standard stars.