The Centre Of The Galaxy

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Something you don’t normally see. To wit:

In visible light, the Milky Way’s centre is hidden by clouds of obscuring dust and gas. But in this stunning vista, the Spitzer Space Telescope‘s infrared cameras, penetrate much of the dust revealing the stars of the crowded galactic centre region. A mosaic of many smaller snapshots, the detailed, false-colour image shows older, cool stars in bluish hues. Red and brown glowing dust clouds are associated with young, hot stars in stellar nurseries. The very centre of the Milky Way has recently been found capable of forming newborn stars. The galactic centre lies some 26,700 light-years away, toward the constellation Sagittarius. At that distance, this picture spans about 900 light-years.

(Image: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Spitzer Space Telescope, Susan Stolovy (SSC/Caltech) et al.; Reprocessing: Judy Schmidt)

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1 thought on “The Centre Of The Galaxy

  1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

    some people are going to be shocked this isn’t an image of their bellybutton

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