Andromeda Galaxy Up Close
M31 annoted center scale

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Observation • May 9th, 2024 • ssc2024-02b1


This close-up view of the center of the Andromeda galaxy, taken by NASA’s retired Spitzer Space Telescope, is annotated with blue dotted lines to highlight the path of two dust streams flowing toward the supermassive black hole at the galaxy’s center (indicated by a purple dot).

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