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A newly-released composite colour infrared image of our galaxy's core has revealed the Milky Way's centre in all its turbulent glory. The infrared image of our galaxy's core The mosaic, showing an area 300 by 115 light years, is made up of 2,304 snaps from the Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Is anyone else a bit miffed that the James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble's pseudo-replacement, can only image in infrared?

    Clever science aside, where the smeg am I going to get awesome desktop images of deep space now? Just have to trawl through the NASA back catalogue...

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    Cool piccie

    "details in objects as small as 20 times the size of our own solar system"

    Got to love the bonkers numbers :-)

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    Very, pretty...

  4. Anonymous Coward

    The blurb doesn't describe this particular image.

    It describes the full mosaic, of which this is only part.

    The galactic core in this photo is the white mass towards bottom right.

  5. Luther Blissett

    "Ionized gas"

    A lot of hot air in the press release. In reality, it is plasma.

    IT angle? I would bet more people in IT know about plasmas than in professional astronomy.

  6. Jeff Bennison

    Could it be

    No surely not

    Another fantastic BOFH technical excuse:

    "The hard drive was slowed down by strong gravitational tidal forces which disrupted the organisation of the linear filaments"


  7. Yorkshirepudding
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    oh look

    i think i spot xenu!

    but in all seriousness a gorgeous pic!

  8. Anonymous Coward
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    Lower left corner...

    If you look in the bottom left, underneath the arching bright filament thingy, there's an Owl chick perched there.

  9. Anonymous Coward


    So what, exactly, /is/ the difference between "ionized gas" and "plasma"? I thought that was pretty much the dictionary definition.

  10. Anonymous Coward

    sweet, sweet hubble

    Now, maybe if the new prez gets the US out of war and back into space....hmmmm

  11. Outcast

    Planet X

    Fancy pointing that thing at where Nubiru is supposed to be ?

  12. Anonymous Coward


    " So what, exactly, /is/ the difference between "ionized gas" and "plasma"? "

    Try transfusing a pint of ionised gas into your arm. You'll soon notice the difference.

  13. Michael

    @AC: Wallpapers

    Lots of the pretty images they distribute are false-colour composed from different infrared wavelengths, and not very many are in true colour.

  14. Jeff Bennison

    I also wonder

    If there is a hidden alein message stegged in there somewhere......

  15. TeeCee Gold badge


    Planet X is actually a crap Korean car? Who knew?

    Next week, new pictures of the planets Mercedus, Porchiu, Ferraru and Skodia.

  16. Thomas Kent

    I just set it... my desktop wallpaper.

  17. Mr Grumblefish


    I tried that. It gave me some cool superpowers for approximately twenty minutes but otherwise it was pretty crap.

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