Unformatted text preview: Milky Way first appeared in the English language in a story by Chaucer . "See yonder, lo, the GalaxyĂ« Which men clepeth the Milky Wey, For hit is whyt." â€”Geoffrey Chaucer. The House of Fame , c. 1380.  When William Herschel constructed his catalog of deep sky objects in 1786, he used the name spiral nebula for certain objects such as M31 . These would later be recognized as immense conglomerations of stars, when the true distance to these objects began to be appreciated, and they would be termed island universes. However, the word Universe was understood to mean the entirety of existence, so this expression fell into disuse and the objects instead became known as galaxies....
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- Fall '10
- Astronomy, milky way., term Milky Way, word galaxy