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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

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About the Object
Object Name: Galactic Center
Object Description: Center of the Milky Way Galaxy
Position (J2000): R.A. 17h 45m 36s.00
Dec. -28° 55' 58".8
Constellation: Sagittarius
Distance: 26,000 light-years (8 kiloparsecs)
About the HST Data
Data Description: This image was composited from Hubble and Spitzer data. The Hubble component was from the HST proposal 11120: Q.D. Wang (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), S. Stolovy (Caltech), C. Lang (University of Iowa), A. Cotera (SETI Institute), M. Muno (Caltech), M. Morris (University of California, Los Angeles), D. Calzetti (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), S. Ramirez (Caltech), and G. Schneider (University of Arizona).
Instrument: NICMOS
Exposure Date(s): February 22 - June 5, 2008
About the Spitzer Data
Science Team: The Spitzer Space Telescope data were courtesy of NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and S. Stolovy (Spitzer Science Center/California Institute of Technology).
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Wavelength: 3.6 microns (blue), 4.5 microns (green), 5.8 microns (orange), 8.0 microns (red)
Exposure Date(s): September 3, 2004 and September 15, 2005
About the Release
Release Credit: NASA, ESA, Q.D. Wang (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), and S. Stolovy (Caltech)
Release Date: January 5, 2009
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