December 11, 2012
Day 11 of the 2012 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar, one of 25 photos (eventually).  A composite color infrared image of the center of our Milky Way galaxy reveals a new population of massive stars and new details in complex structures in the hot ionized gas swirling around the central 300 light-years. This sweeping panorama is the sharpest infrared picture ever made of the Galactic core. It offers a nearby laboratory for how massive stars form and influence their environment in the often violent nuclear regions of other galaxies. (NASA, ESA and Q.D. Wang UMASS, Amherst)

Day 11 of the 2012 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar, one of 25 photos (eventually). A composite color infrared image of the center of our Milky Way galaxy reveals a new population of massive stars and new details in complex structures in the hot ionized gas swirling around the central 300 light-years. This sweeping panorama is the sharpest infrared picture ever made of the Galactic core. It offers a nearby laboratory for how massive stars form and influence their environment in the often violent nuclear regions of other galaxies. (NASA, ESA and Q.D. Wang UMASS, Amherst)

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