Galactic Center Region in Infrared from Spitzer

Galactic Center Region in Infrared from Spitzer

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News release ID: STScI-2009-28
Release Date: Nov 10, 2009
Image Use: Copyright
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The Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared-light observations provide a detailed and spectacular view of the galactic center region. The swirling core of our galaxy harbors hundreds of thousands of stars that cannot be seen in visible light. These stars heat the nearby gas and dust. These dusty clouds glow in infrared light and reveal their often dramatic shapes. Some of these clouds harbor stellar nurseries that are forming new generations of stars. Like the downtown of a large city, the center of our galaxy is a crowded, active, and vibrant place.

Galactic Center Survey, Galaxies, Milky Way, Milky Way Center, Observations, Survey


NASA, JPL-Caltech, E. Churchwell (University of Wisconsin), SSC, and STScI