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Space Tornadoes, Baby Stars, and Ancient Galaxies

The Center of the Milky Way

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The Center of the Milky Way

IRAC has systematically imaged the entire Milky Way disk, assembling a composite photograph containing billions of pixels with infrared emission from everything in this relatively narrow plane. The image here shows five end-to-end strips spanning the center of our galaxy, only one-third of the whole galactic plane.