Revealing the Milky Way’s Center

At the center of this starry vista is a bright white spot surrounded by warm knots of red clouds. The clouds extend across the image from left to right and nearly all the way from the bottom to the top, with some black sky visible toward the top of the image. Within the red wispy clouds, there are clouds that appear black, regions that are so dense, they are blocking our view.
NASA, JPL-Caltech, Susan Stolovy (SSC/Caltech) et al.
CreditNASA, JPL-Caltech, Susan Stolovy (SSC/Caltech) et al.
Historical DateOctober 9, 2019
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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, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared cameras penetrate much of the dust, revealing the stars of the crowded galactic center region.