Galactic centre region in infrared from Spitzer

The Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared-light observations provide a detailed and spectacular view of the galactic centre region. The swirling core of our galaxy harbours hundreds of thousands of stars that cannot be seen in visible light. These stars heat the nearby gas and dust. These dusty clouds glow in infrared light and reveal their often dramatic shapes. Some of these clouds harbour stellar nurseries that are forming new generations of stars. Like the downtown of a large city, the centre of our galaxy is a crowded, active and vibrant place.

Credit:

NASA, JPL-Caltech, E. Churchwell (University of Wisconsin, USA), SSC and STScI

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0928c
Type:Observation
Release date:10 November 2009, 17:00
Size:6300 x 3000 px

About the Object

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

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

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