NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has done it again.
The Hubble’s infrared vision has looked deep into the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, to capture an image revealing more than half a million stars at its centre. It’s said to be the densest star cluster in our galaxy.
“Packed with stars, it is equivalent to having a million suns crammed between us and our closest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri,” NASA said in a statement.
“This star cluster surrounds the Milky Way’s central supermassive black hole, which is about 4 million times the mass of our sun.”
The cluster, spanning 50 light-years across, is 27,000 light years away, and was stitched together from nine separate images taken by the Hubble telescope.
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“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,” NASA said.