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In a Different Light: Center of the Milky Way

View the center of the Milky Way galaxy in various wavelengths of light and explore what can be learned from each. 


Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute, Office of Public Outreach, in collaboration with NASA’s Universe of Learning partners: Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, IPAC, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Sonoma State University.


  • Ground-based radio image: MeerKAT/SARAO; NRAO

  • Spitzer Space Telescope image: NASA, JPL, S. Stolovy (Caltech)

  • Hubble Space Telescope image: NASA, ESA, STScI, Q.D. Wang (Univ. of MA, Amherst)

  • Chandra X-ray Observatory image: NASA, CXC, STScI, Q.D. Wang (Univ. of MA, Amherst)

  • Multi-wavelength image: NASA, ESA, SSC, CXC, and STScI

Writing: Leah Ramsay
Design: Leah Hustak 
Science review lead: Dr. Quyen Hart
Education lead: Timothy Rhue II
Additional editorial input from: Dr. Rutuparna Das, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
Music courtesy of Associated Production Music


All narration is presented in text form within the video. In addition, a full transcript will be available in the Library in the near future. Check back soon!