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NEOWatcher
2012-Jan-12, 01:57 PM
I just ran across this one.
Yes, the Milky Way is really white (http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/11/yes-the-milky-way-is-really-white/?hpt=hp_c2)

"The Milky Way is well within range you would see as white," Newman says, adding that it is bluer than light from an incandescent bulb, but redder than sunlight at noon.
That's hard for me to imagine since I don't make it a habit to look directly at either.


As a galaxy gets older, its light becomes more red. A bluer galaxy would be younger because blue stars are relatively short-lived, Newman explains.
I think the members here probably know that, but now that it's in mainstream news, I wonder how many ATM's will latch onto that to confuse it with redshift.