Milky Way’s Heart Combines Three Space Telescope Views

Milky Way’s Heart Combines Three Space Telescope Views

I’ve seen many amazing, inspiring and humbling deep-space images, but this look inside the heart of our very own galaxy has left me without superlatives. Zoom in to get the 2820×1409 pixel image, and see how it was made.

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This new 1.8m x 1m multi-wavelength image combines three visions of the Milky Way’s centre: A near-infrared image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, an infrared view from the Spitzer Space Telescope and an X-ray vision from the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

It was created to commemorate the International Year of Astronomy, which marks 400 years since a curioser and curioser man called Galileo Galilei pointed his telescope to the truth out there back in 1609. [NASA]