Why does the milkway sometimes appear vertical to us?



My 3 Musketeers do that occasionally


What you see in the (Northern Hemisphere) night sky is not the perimeter edge of our Milky Way Galaxy but one of the local (Orion) spiral arms. In a certain season (July-August) it appears very vertical. The center of our Milky Way Galaxy is located just above the constellation of Sagittarius visible (center visible only by verbal description) in September-October.


Idk. The misty tapestry we call the Milky Way is really an edge view of our own galaxy. If we could see it from afar, it would look much like a giant pinwheel. Its shape has been likened to two fried eggs placed back to back but, of course, on a far grander scale.


cause we are inside of it