Share

Picture Album: The Heart of the Whirlpool Galaxy

Image 114 of 1415
The Heart of the Whirlpool Galaxy
Embed

About This Image

This image of the center of the Whirlpool Galaxy shows visible light from starlight, and light from the emission of hydrogen. Bright star clusters, highlighted in red, shed light emitted by hydrogen atoms. Intricate "dust spurs" branch out around the main spiral arms.

Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Acknowledgment: N. Scoville (Caltech) and T. Rector (NOAO)

Learn more in NewsCenter HubbleSite's NewsCenter is the place to find the story behind this image, along with its original news release and all related images.