Astronomy Eye Candy Of The Week Apr 17-23

 

This week features 8 newly released images from various space agencies, including an odd shaped galaxy, colorful Ceres craters, Hubble’s birthday celebration, and a NASA tribute to the tragic death of Prince.

1. The Heart Of Our Galaxy

Credit: Hubblesite.org

 

Hubble’s infrared vision pierced the dusty heart of our Milky Way galaxy to reveal more than half a million stars at its core. Except for a few blue, foreground stars, the stars are part of the Milky Way’s nuclear star cluster, the most massive and densest stellar cluster in our galaxy. Located 27,000 light-years away, this region is so packed with stars, it is equivalent to having a million suns crammed into the volume of space between us and our closest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri, 4.3 light-years away. At the very hub of our galaxy, this star cluster surrounds the Milky Way’s central supermassive black hole, which is about 4 million times the mass of our sun.

Source: Hubblesite.org

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