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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 Near-Infrared from Hubble

Galactic Center Region in Near-Infrared from Hubble

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Although best known for its visible-light images, the Hubble Space Telescope also observes over a limited range of infrared light. The galactic center is marked by the bright patch in the lower right. Along the left side are large arcs of warm gas that have been heated by clusters of bright massive stars. In addition, Hubble uncovered many more massive stars across the region. Winds and radiation from these stars create the complex structures seen in the gas throughout the image. This sweeping panorama is the sharpest infrared picture ever made of the galactic center region.

Object Name: Galactic Center

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, Q.D. Wang (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), 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 Infrared from Spitzer Image Type: Astronomical Galactic Center Region in Infrared from Spitzer Galactic Center Region in X-rays from Chandra Image Type: Astronomical Galactic Center Region in X-rays from Chandra

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