Hubble-Spitzer composite of the galactic centre (full-field)

This composite colour infrared image combines the sharp imaging of the Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) with colour imagery from a previous Spitzer Space Telescope survey done with its Infrared Astronomy Camera (IRAC).

This combination gives a clear picture of the centre of the Milky Way galaxy and reveals a new population of massive stars and new details in the complex structures in the hot ionized gas swirling around the central 300 light-years

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0902d
Type:Collage
Release date:5 January 2009, 19:00
Size:12203 x 4731 px

About the Object

Name:Milky Way
Type:• Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Center/Core
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:25000 light years

Colours & filters

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

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