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Milky Way galactic centre, composite

Milky Way galactic centre, composite

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NASA / CXC / JPL-CALTECH / ESA-STSCI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NASA / CXC / JPL-CALTECH / ESA-STSCI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Milky Way galactic centre, composite image. This image is around 250 light years across. It shows the centre of the Milky Way galaxy, located 26,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Sagittarius. The data is from NASA's Great Observatories: near-infrared data from the Hubble Space Telescope (yellow), infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope (red), and X-ray data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue and violet). The supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy is the bright region at centre right. The X-ray source at far left (blue) is thought to be a neutron star or black hole. Image published in 2009.

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