Hubble-Spitzer colour mosaic of the galactic centre

This composite colour infrared image of the centre of our Milky Way galaxy reveals a new population of massive stars and new details in complex structures in the hot ionised gas swirling around the central 300 light-years. This sweeping panorama is the sharpest infrared picture ever made of the Galactic core. It offers a nearby laboratory for how massive stars form and influence their environment in the often violent nuclear regions of other galaxies.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and Q.D. Wang (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0902a
Type:Observation
Release date:5 January 2009, 19:00
Size:6149 x 2902 px

About the Object

Name:Milky Way
Type:• Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Center/Core
Distance:25000 light years
Constellation:Sagittarius

Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):17 45 45.38
Position (Dec):-28° 54' 23.55"
Field of view:20.47 x 9.66 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 58.4° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
Near-IR
3.6 μmSpitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Infrared
Near-IR
4.5 μmSpitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Infrared
Near-IR
5.8 μmSpitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Infrared
Near-IR
8.0 μmSpitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS

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