Milky Way central black hole, artwork

Milky Way central black hole, artwork

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Credit: LYNETTE COOK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Milky Way central black hole, artwork. The black hole is at centre, surrounded by an accretion disc of material spiralling inwards. There are many massive young stars in this region, and also clouds of gas and dust reflecting the light formed as material spirals into the black hole. At top left is the Arches Cluster (blue), a large group of hot young stars. The Milky Way's galactic centre is in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius, and is around 26,000 light years from Earth.

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