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!

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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.

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