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The Galactic Centre

The Galactic Centre


Date: 31 March 2016
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Copyright: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: NASA, ESA, T. Do and A. Ghez (UCLA), and V. Bajaj (STScI)

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.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
7-Dec-2022 02:22 UT

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