FLAMINGOS-2 image of the Milky Way Galactic Center

FLAMINGOS-2 image of the Milky Way Galactic Center where a supermassive black hole resides. Most of the stars seen here would invisible in an optical image (except for the foreground blue stars), the remaining stars are seen here becuase their near-infrared light is able to penetrate intervening clouds of gas and dust. This 3-color composite image combines the J-band (1.25 microns, blue), H-band (1.65 microns, green) and Ks-band (2.2 microns, red). The image has a total exposure (integration) of less than 10 minutes and a resolution of about 0.7 arcsecond.

Credit:

International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/A. Gonzalez

About the Image

Id:geminiann09018b
Type:Collage
Release date:Sept. 16, 2009, 7:53 p.m.
Related announcements:geminiann09018
Size:500 x 490 px

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.25 μmGemini South
FLAMINGOS 2
Infrared
H
1.65 μmGemini South
FLAMINGOS 2
Infrared
Ks
2.2 μmGemini South
FLAMINGOS 2