Galactic Center

In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, NASA's Great Observatories -- the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory -- have collaborated to produce an unprecedented image of the central region of our Milky Way galaxy.

In this spectacular image, observations using infrared light and X-ray light see through the obscuring dust and reveal the intense activity near the galactic core. Note that the center of the galaxy is located within the bright white region to the right of and just below the middle of the image. The entire image width covers about one-half a degree, about the same angular width as the full moon.


Carnival of Space

-K. Arcand, CXC

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the great achivement

by the great efforts and research by NASA lots of people come to know about the happening in the space.


This is absolutely breathtaking and looks almost like fire and ice waves in an epic battle.


I don't understand how this bright white region could be the central region of Milky Way. As far as i know the center of our galaxy is loaded with black holes and visible light cannot escape the region.

I imagine that the white

I imagine that the white light and clouds in that image are physically in front of and obscuring the black holes that we cannot and probably will never see.

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