May 14, 2016

Center of the Milky Way Galaxy

Center of the Milky Way Galaxy

The spectacular composite image combines observations using infrared light and X-ray light that 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 on the lower right-hand side of the image (annotated on the labeled image). Each telescope's contribution is presented in a different color. Yellow represents the near-infrared observations of Hubble. Red represents the infrared observations of Spitzer. Blue and violet represent the X-ray observations of Chandra.

Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/UMass/D. Wang et al.; Optical: NASA/ESA/STScI/D.Wang et al.; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSC/S.Stolovy
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