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Center of the galaxy Shows in the Universe

The center of the Milky Way is obscured in the visible light by dark dust that rotates along with the stars in the galactic plane. However, in the 20th century, sensors capable of detecting much redder light than the human eye can see have been developed, which is called infrared.

This image shows what the galactic center would be in three bands of red in the near infrared spectrum. It is the result of a digital combination of data recently taken by the 2MASS and MSX galactic projects.

In the near infrared light (shown in blue) the dust is less opaque, so many previously hidden giant red stars become visible. In the middle infrared (shown in red) the dust shines a lot, but it allows us a very close look at our tumultuous and mysterious galactic center.

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