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Herschel's view of the Galactic Centre

Herschel's view of the Galactic Centre

Date: 22 April 2016
Satellite: Herschel
Depicts: Galactic Centre
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The centre of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, about 25 000 light-years away, as seen seen by ESA's Herschel space observatory.

Clouds of gas and dust appear distributed along a giant, twisted ring, over 600 light-years wide, which encompasses the supermassive black hole sitting at the Galaxy's core.

The image is a composite of the wavelengths of 70 microns (blue), 160 microns (green) and 350 microns (red).

Credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS, SPIRE/Hi-GAL Project
Acknowledgement: G. Li Causi, IAPS/INAF, Italy

Last Update: 1 September 2019
24-Jun-2024 00:20 UT

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