The Peanut at the Heart of our Galaxy

This artist’s impression shows how the Milky Way galaxy would look seen from almost edge on and from a very different perspective than we get from the Earth. The central bulge shows up as a peanut shaped glowing ball of stars and the spiral arms and their associated dust clouds form a narrow band. 
One of the most important and massive parts of the galaxy is the galactic bulge. This huge central cloud of about 10 000 million stars spans thousands of light-years, but its structure and origin were not well understood.
Unfortunately, from our vantage point from within the galactic disc, the view of this central region — at about 27 000 light-years’ distance — is heavily obscured by dense clouds of gas and dust. Astronomers can only obtain a good view of the bulge by observing longer wavelength light, such as infrared radiation, which can penetrate the dust clouds.
Full Article

Credit: ESO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/M. Kornmesser/R. Hurt

The Peanut at the Heart of our Galaxy

This artist’s impression shows how the Milky Way galaxy would look seen from almost edge on and from a very different perspective than we get from the Earth. The central bulge shows up as a peanut shaped glowing ball of stars and the spiral arms and their associated dust clouds form a narrow band.

One of the most important and massive parts of the galaxy is the galactic bulge. This huge central cloud of about 10 000 million stars spans thousands of light-years, but its structure and origin were not well understood.

Unfortunately, from our vantage point from within the galactic disc, the view of this central region — at about 27 000 light-years’ distance — is heavily obscured by dense clouds of gas and dust. Astronomers can only obtain a good view of the bulge by observing longer wavelength light, such as infrared radiation, which can penetrate the dust clouds.

Full Article

Credit: ESO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/M. Kornmesser/R. Hurt


Posted 10 months ago with 673 notes
Tagged:ESONASAgalaxyAstronomysciencespacegalactic diskMilky Way Galaxy

  1. ijesy reblogged this from spaceplasma
  2. madame-reinette-pompadour reblogged this from bakerstreetgallifrey
  3. bakerstreetgallifrey reblogged this from spaceplasma
  4. civilities reblogged this from steer-kweer
  5. steer-kweer reblogged this from suvaha
  6. thecolour-of-oureyes reblogged this from opainttheseconds
  7. deduard123 reblogged this from spaceplasma
  8. arnoldjshortman reblogged this from dontforgethesun
  9. hea-ther reblogged this from cupkaykie
  10. dammit-immad reblogged this from eraeser
  11. eraeser reblogged this from opainttheseconds
  12. cupkaykie reblogged this from dontforgethesun
  13. catterpatter reblogged this from x-cityofocala-x
  14. x-cityofocala-x reblogged this from dontforgethesun
  15. dontforgethesun reblogged this from dontforgethesun
  16. churas reblogged this from spockaflocka
  17. spockaflocka reblogged this from dontforgethesun
  18. opainttheseconds reblogged this from dontforgethesun
  19. classicallyforbiddenregions reblogged this from secretporcupine
  20. secretporcupine reblogged this from shychemist
  21. slothandstir reblogged this from here-comes-the-universe
  22. squishy-ass-witch reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  23. stilllindsay reblogged this from thebananaparadox
  24. justindeleon reblogged this from thebananaparadox
  25. karkatinthehat reblogged this from thebananaparadox
  26. keebler-elf1691 reblogged this from thebananaparadox
  27. jazzapplesky reblogged this from thebananaparadox
  28. mayhalimaw reblogged this from thebananaparadox
  29. breakingupthedisco reblogged this from thebananaparadox
  30. thebananaparadox reblogged this from coldastheclouds
  31. gogettergirl reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  32. ilovemuffins- reblogged this from inbilla-sig
  33. inbilla-sig reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  34. lawnzi reblogged this from spaceplasma