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Space Stars at the Galactic Center

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    NASA Astronomy Picture Of The Day
    Stars at the Galactic Center


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    Stars at the Galactic Center
    Credit: Susan Stolovy (SSC/Caltech) et al., JPL-Caltech, NASA

    Explanation: The center of our Milky Way Galaxy is hidden from the prying eyes of optical telescopes by clouds of obscuring dust and gas. But in this stunning vista, the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared cameras, penetrate much of the dust revealing the stars of the crowded galactic center region. A mosaic of many smaller snapshots, the detailed, false-color image shows older, cool stars in bluish hues. Reddish glowing dust clouds are associated with young, hot stars in stellar nurseries. The very center of the Milky Way was only recently found capable of forming newborn stars. The galactic center lies some 26,000 light-years away, toward the constellation Sagittarius. At that distance, this picture spans about 900 light-years.



    (Via NASA)
     

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