Why is the milky way called so?

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The Romans named it via lactea precisely because it looks like a milky patch of sky above the Earth at night. But, the Romans weren't the first to name the galaxy. The Romans got the name from the Greeks, who called it galaxias kyklos, which translates into “milky circle.”

The Romans named it via lac tea precisely because it looks like a milky patch of sky above the Earth at night. But, the Romans weren't the first to name the galaxy. The Romans got the name from the Greeks, who called it galaxies kyklos, which translates into “milky way.”

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