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The Centre of the Milky Way

This image from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 shows the heart of our Galaxy, the Milky Way. The Arches Cluster is located in the centre of the image, but its stars are hidden behind large amount of dust. The bright star at the top of the image is 3 Sagittarii, while the cluster of stars seen at the bottom left is NGC 6451.

Credit:

ESO, Digitized Sky Survey 2 & S. Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard)

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About the Image

Id:eso0921b
Type:Observation
Release date:4 June 2009
Related releases:eso0921
Size:12670 x 12954 px

About the Object

Name:Milky Way Galactic Centre
Type:• Milky Way : Galaxy
• X - Galaxies
Distance:25000 light years
Constellation:Sagittarius

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Coordinates

Position (RA):17 45 6.26
Position (Dec):-28° 49' 37.33"
Field of view:212.87 x 217.69 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 9.0° left of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
I
775 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2
N/A
Optical
R
675 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2
N/A

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