The Milky Way is a Spiral Galaxy located in the Local Group of galaxies. It's the galaxy that contains the Sol system, including Earth, as well as a number of other alien races and species. The galaxy has one satellite galaxy, known as the Small Magellanic Cloud. As it is the galaxy that Earth is located in, it is often appears in space travel science fiction as the setting.
Features in Science Fiction
The Milky Way is known to have an energy barrier making it difficult for travel into or out of the galaxy. There's also a similar barrier protecting the galaxy's core.
Over four billion years ago, a humanoid species known as the Preservers seeded humanoid life throughout the galaxy, leaving clues in humanoid DNA as to their existence. (Star Trek franchise: "Star Trek: The Next Generation")
- Borg Collective
- Klingon Empire
- Kryptonian Empire
- United Earth
- United Federation of Planets
- United Planets
- Terran Empire
- Terran Confederacy/Terran Dominion