Galactic Center: The core of the Milky Way at a distance of some 26,000 light years from Earth.
Caption: Data from NASA's Great Observatories has been combined to produce this unprecedented image of the central region of the Milky Way. Near-infrared light from Hubble (yellow) outlines energetic regions where stars are being born. Infrared data from Spitzer (red) show glowing clouds of dust containing complex structures. And, X-rays from Chandra (blue and violet) reveal gas heated to millions of degrees by stellar explosion and outflows from the Galaxy’s supermassive black hole.
Scale: Image is
32 by 16 arcmin.
Chandra X-ray Observatory