Above and Beyond: The Milky Way Center in Infrared Light

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Galaxy Evolution
Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach
All images, illustrations, and videos courtesy of NASA except:
·       Milky Way panorama courtesy of ESO/S. Brunier
·       Taurus constellation drawing from Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia by Johannes Hevelius, courtesy of the United States Naval Observatory
·       Andromeda Galaxy image courtesy of Bill Schoening, Vanessa Harvey/REU program/NOAO/AURA/NSF
·       Redshift animation courtesy of ESO
·       Centaurus A visible-light images courtesy of ESO
Written by Tracy Vogel
Designed by Marc Lussier
Music courtesy of Associated Production Music


 Dense clusters of stars in dark red gas and dust. 

Text, Center of Milky Way. INFRARED LIGHT. The Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes teamed up to take this picture of the center of our Milky Way Galaxy with their infrared cameras. 

Dust in the Milky Way's core hides much of this view in visible light, but infrared light penetrates most of the dust.