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News Release 217 of 951

November 10, 2009 11:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-28

NASA's Great Observatories Celebrate International Year of Astronomy

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Image: Galactic Center Region in Infrared from Spitzer

Galactic Center Region in Infrared from Spitzer

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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.

Object Name: Galactic Center

Image Type: Astronomical

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

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Montage Image: NASA's Great Observatories Present Unique Views of the Center of the Milky Way Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated NASA's Great Observatories Present Unique Views of the Center of the Milky WayPRC2009-28b Galactic Center Region in Near-Infrared from Hubble Image Type: Astronomical Galactic Center Region in Near-Infrared from Hubble Galactic Center Region in X-rays from Chandra Image Type: Astronomical Galactic Center Region in X-rays from Chandra

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