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High-spatial resolution image of Galactic Center

High-spatial resolution imaging of the Galactic Center, taken from the Keck Observatory

High-spatial resolution imaging of the Galactic Center, taken from the Keck Observatory, have produced maps of the region at near-infrared wavelengths. This image shows a recent adaptive objects image of the region.

Analysis from this image compared to earlier images of the region show stellar motions, with the orbits of these stars around our own galaxy's central black hole. These results have been published in the journal Nature and have been reported by various news organizations.

This research was conducted at the Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO) at the University of California, Santa Cruz, a National Science Foundation-supported Science and Technology Center. The center researches adaptive optics in the fields of vision science and astronomy to remove the effects of image blurring through turbulent media. Applications include astronomical telescopes, laser guide stars, wavefront sensing, microelectromechanical systems technology and retinal imaging.

Credit: Andrea Ghez; Center for Adaptive Optics, UCSC

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