The Milky Way galaxy gets its name from the pale band of light the stars form on the galactic plane.The Latin name for the Milky Way is Via Lactea, which translates as Road of Milk.
The name of the person who first called our galaxy the Milky Way is unknown. Our galaxy is a barred spiral galaxy that contains approximately 100 to 400 billion stars and 50 billion planets. It was Galileo who first determined that the light of the Milky Way is due to the billions of stars that make it up. On a clear night, away from the lights of a city, the Milky Way can be seen as a faint white streak across the sky.