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January 5, 2009 01:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-02

Hubble Views Galactic Core in Unprecedented New Detail


Video: Center of Our Galaxy Revealed by Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes (Pan/Zoom)

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Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) joins forces with the Spitzer Space Telescope to peer deeper into the Milky Way's center. Hubble detected a new population of massive stars about 26,000 light-years away. Astronomers can use this data to study how these stars form and influence their environment.


Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

Science Credit: NASA, ESA, and Q.D. Wang (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

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