National Geographic News May 18, 2013 Milky Way flowing into the sea. Madagascar Island east, from French territory Reunion Island coast, it's one fantastic you've taken over the Indian Ocean. Photo Contest and an empty 4th International Earth (Fourth International Earth and Sky Photo Contest), and was elected to the 2-position "beautiful starry sky (Beauty of the Night Sky)" of the department.
The center of our Milky Way Galaxy is hidden from the prying eyes of optical telescopes by clouds of obscuring dust and gas. But the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared cameras, penetrate much of the dust revealing the stars of the crowded galactic center region. Stars are packed together and race around the supermassive black hole that lies at the center. Our sun is located 26,000 light-years away in a more peaceful, spacious neighborhood, out in the galactic suburbs.