SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Sun Storm, Galactic Core, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Sun Storm, Galactic Core, More
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November 10, 2009--Glowing clouds of gas and dust get whipped into long filaments as stars are born and die in the chaotic core of the Milky Way galaxy, as seen in a newly released composite picture from NASA's three "Great Observatories." The space agency combined data from the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory to create the picture as part of its celebrations for the International Year of Astronomy.

Hubble captured the near-infrared light (yellow) from energetic regions filled with newborn stars. Spitzer's infrared eye caught light (red) from complex structures of gas and dust being molded by stellar winds, while Chandra's x-ray vision contributed the blue and violet hues of gas heated by powerful supernova explosions and of the swirling matter around the rim of the galaxy's central supermassive black hole.
—Photograph courtesy SSC/CXC/STScI/ESA/NASA
 
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