SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Space Eye, Jupiter Blast, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Space Eye, Jupiter Blast, More
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July 23, 2009--NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope looked 50 million light-years into space, and space looked back—at least when the telescope was trained on the "eye" at the center of galaxy NGC 1097.

Seen in a newly released, color-coded, infrared picture, the cosmic peeper is actually a massive black hole ringed by a "nursery" bursting with baby stars that are being fed by in-rushing material. Red spokes around the eye show where dust is being heated by star formation.
— Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
 
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