Image: Deep inside the Milky Way

October 26, 2010
Image Credit: Artist's Concept/NASA/ESA/STScI

This artist's impression shows how the Arches star cluster appears from deep inside the hub of our Milky Way Galaxy.

Hidden from our direct view, the massive cluster lies 25,000 light-years away and is the densest known gathering of in our galaxy.

The illustration is based on infrared observations from Hubble and with ground-based telescopes, which pierced our galaxy's dusty core and snapped images of the luminous cluster of about 2,000 stars.

Explore further: Massive star cluster in our backyard - astronomically speaking!

Related Stories

Hubble Sees Star Cluster 'Infant Mortality'

January 10, 2007

Astronomers have long known that young or "open" star clusters must eventually disrupt and dissolve into the host galaxy. They simply don't have enough gravity to hold them together, unlike their much more massive cousins, ...

Trick of Nature Allows Hubble and Keck to Find Tiny Galaxy

October 5, 2007

A team of astronomers at the University of California at Santa Barbara report that they have resolved a dwarf galaxy 6 billion light-years away. Weighing only 1/100 as much as our Milky Way Galaxy, the dwarf is much smaller ...

Chandra Lifts the Veil on Milky Way 'Hotspot'

January 23, 2008

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is helping to demystify Westerlund 2, a young star cluster with an estimated age of about one- or two-million years. Heavily obscured by dust and gas, Westerlund 2 has been something of a ...

Recommended for you

Fossilized rivers suggest warm, wet ancient Mars

August 23, 2016

Extensive systems of fossilised riverbeds have been discovered on an ancient region of the Martian surface, supporting the idea that the now cold and dry Red Planet had a warm and wet climate about 4 billion years ago, according ...

Image: Planck's flame-filled view of the Polaris Flare

August 23, 2016

This image from ESA's Planck satellite appears to show something quite ethereal and fantastical: a sprite-like figure emerging from scorching flames and walking towards the left of the frame, its silhouette a blaze of warm-hued ...

What do aliens look like? The clue is in evolution

August 19, 2016

Speculating about what aliens look like has kept children, film producers and scientists amused for decades. If they exist, will extra terrestrials turn out to look similar to us, or might they take a form beyond our wildest ...

3 comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Honor
not rated yet Oct 26, 2010
wow great article :p~
TDK
1 / 5 (12) Oct 26, 2010
just another photoshop, please...
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Oct 27, 2010
There's a mistake in the article, the image was compiled using IR and Xray imaging, not solely IR.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.