The galactic centre

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.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Acknowledgment: NASA, ESA, T. Do and A. Ghez (UCLA), and V. Bajaj (STScI)

About the Image

Id:heic1606a
Type:Observation
Release date:31 March 2016, 16:00
Related releases:heic1606
Size:5174 x 4469 px

About the Object

Name:Galactic Centre, Sagittarius A*
Type:Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Center/Core
Distance:27000 light years
Constellation:Sagittarius
Category:Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):17 45 40.22
Position (Dec):-29° 0' 31.04"
Field of view:6.47 x 5.59 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 45.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
H2O/CH4 continuum
1.274 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H2O/CH4 line
1.384 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H2O and NH3
1.532 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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