Zooming into the Center of the Milky Way

This video is a digital zoom into the Milky Way’s center which starts by utilizing visible light images, and then the light shown shifts to dust-penetrating infrared toward the central black hole.



“We zoom in towards the crowded central region, in the constellation of Sagittarius. By shifting to an infrared view we see through the dusty clouds in this direction and get a close up view of the objects orbiting the supermassive black hole that lies at the center of the Milky Way.

The final views show the motion of a newly-discovered gas cloud that is falling rapidly towards the central black hole.”

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

Zooming into the Center of the Milky Way