Looking at the Galactic Core


galactic coreHere are the views seen by four different observatories looking in toward the galactic core. At the very center, a cluster with a half-million-or-so stars surrounds the Milky Way’s central supermassive black hole, which is about 4 million times the mass of our sun. The galaxy’s nucleus (marked) is home to the central, supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A*.

Image Credits: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Acknowledgment: T. Do, A.Ghez (UCLA),V. Bajaj (STScI)