Galactic Center Pan Animation

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The mysterious heart of our Milky Way galaxy is unveiled in new detail in this color composite image. The power of all three of NASA's Great Observatories – Spitzer, Chandra, and Hubble, had been brought to bear on the tumultuous galactic core. The colorful spectacle of stellar evolution plays out in a vast tapestry across the galactic center. The core hosts vibrant regions of star birth, against a fiery backdrop of glowing hydrogen. Permeating the region is a diffuse blue haze of X-ray light from gas that has been heated to millions of degrees by outflows from massive stars and supernovae. Infrared light reveals more than a hundred thousand stars along with reddish glowing dust clouds that create complex structures including compact globules and long filaments.

Galactic Center Survey, Galaxies, HD Video, Milky Way, Milky Way Center, Multiwavelength, Scientific Visualizations, Survey


NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

Publication: November 10, 2009

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