SSC2006-02 - The
of our Milky Way Galaxy
from the prying eyes of optical telescopes by clouds of
obscuring dust and gas.
But in this
the Spitzer Space Telescope's
much of the
revealing the stars of the
A mosaic of many smaller snapshots, the detailed,
older, cool stars in bluish hues.
Reddish glowing dust clouds are associated with
young, hot stars in stellar nurseries.
The very center of the Milky Way was only
found capable of forming
lies some 26,000 light-years away, toward the constellation
At that distance, this picture spans about 900 light-years.