Stars of the Galactic Center

Originally from 02 / 10 / 07
Susan Stolovy (SSC/Caltech) et al., JPL-Caltech, NASA

Explanation: of our Milky Way Galaxy from the prying eyes of optical telescopes 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 center region. A mosaic of many smaller snapshots, the detailed, false-color image shows older, cool stars in bluish hues. Reddish glowing dust clouds are associated with young, hot stars in stellar nurseries. lies some 26,000 light-years away, toward the constellation Sagittarius. At that distance, this picture spans about 900 light-years.


Stars of the Galactic Center

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