The Center of the Milky Way


We are looking towards the center of our own galaxy.  The center is around 27,000 light-years away and an incredible number of stars can be seen in this wonderful Hubble image taken in the infrared.

This infrared image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the centre of the Milky Way, 27 000 light-years away from Earth. Using the infrared capabilities of Hubble, astronomers were able to peer through the dust which normally obscures the view of this interesting region. At the centre of this nuclear star cluster – and also in the centre of this image – the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is located.

Read more about this Hubble image in Journey to the centre of our galaxy — ESA

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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