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How many stars are in our galaxy?

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Scientists estimate that there are 400 billion stars in our galaxy. Planet Earth is in the Milky Way galaxy, which is approximately 120,000 light-years across and is considered an average-sized galaxy for the universe.

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Of the 400 billion stars in the galaxy, most are red dwarf stars, which are dim stars. There are also average-sized stars like the Sun. The galaxy also contains a few super-giant stars that are much larger and brighter than giant stars. On a clear night, someone with perfect vision may be able to see around 9,000 stars. With a small telescope, a person could see about 15 million.

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