Hubble Looks Into the Heart of the Milky Way
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope look into the heart of our Milky Way galaxy and revealed a rich tapestry of more than half a million stars.
The picture, spanning 50 light-years across, is the center of the Milky Way located 27,000 light-years away. The “snowstorm” of stars in the image is just the tip of the iceberg: Astronomers estimate that about 10 million stars in this cluster are too faint to be captured in this image.
The star cluster surrounds the Milky Way’s central supermassive black hole, which is about 4 million times the mass of our sun.