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Video: Zoom to the Milky Way’s center

Zoom in to the Milky Way’s center until you see a close-up view of objects orbiting the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy.

This zoom sequence stars with a view of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, then zooms in towards the crowded center of the galaxy, in the direction of the constellation of Sagittarius the Archer. Then the scene shifts to an infrared view, which lets us see see through the dusty clouds in this direction and get a close-up view of objects orbiting the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy.

Credit: ESO/MPE/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org)/VISTA/J. Emerson/Digitized Sky Survey 2

Of course, you can also see the Milky Way in the night sky. New moon on Friday (August 14, 2015) leaves the night sky dark. The next few evenings will be grand time for going out in the country for an edgewise view into our Milky Way galaxy: Time to see the starlit Milky Way

You can see the Milky Way - the edgewise view into our own galaxy - in the night sky. Here it is as viewed in the night sky of Australia, from EarthSky Facebook friend Erin Cole. Thank you, Erin!

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