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The Milky Way Galaxy was a galaxy that contained over 400 billion stars. This galaxy generated its own magnetic field, which experienced dips and peaks. The galaxy was 100,000 light years wide.[1][2][3]

The Milky Way's disc was surrounded by a massive energy field of negative energy called the Galactic barrier, which made travel into and out of the galaxy difficult.[4][5]

In 2269, the center of the galaxy was explored and found to be a creation point. By 2287, the core had become surrounded by the Great Barrier, containing a planet thought to be Sha Ka Ree by Sybok.[6][7]

In the real world the center of the galaxy is a supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A*.

In the science of stellar cartography, the Milky Way was divided into four major areas called quadrants: Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta (the first four letters of the Greek alphabet), each of which composed one-quarter of the galaxy.[8][9][10]

By 2267, there were Humans on a thousand planets in the galaxy.[11] Between 2064 and 2364, Humans had charted 11% of the galaxy.[12] Within a year, the Federation had charted an additional 8% of the galaxy.[13]

A map of the Milky Way Galaxy was on display in the security station aboard the USS Enterprise-D in 2365. This map depicted the lines of longitude.[14]

A map of the Milky Way Galaxy was on display in Astrometrics aboard the USS Voyager from 2377 through 2378.[2]

In the mid-22nd century, scientists estimated that only one out of every 43,000 planets in the galaxy supported intelligent lifeforms.[15] A century later, this estimate had been revised. Scientists then theorized that there were millions of planets that could support intelligent life.[11] Research expeditions had cataloged hundreds of uninhabited planets in the galaxy that were suitable for colonization.[5]

According to Dr. Leonard McCoy, there was a mathematical probability of three million Earth-type planets in the galaxy.[16]

An expedition sent by the Kelvan Empire, from the radiation-imperiled Andromeda Galaxy, scouted the Milky Way for possible invasion in 2268.[5]

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