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ESA Space Science

To infinity and beyond

21 Sep 2018, 15:22 UTC
To infinity and beyond ESA / NASA / JPL-Caltech / Hi-GAL

An odd-shaped formation of gas and dust at the centre of the Milky Way, captured by the far-infrared cameras on board ESA’s Herschel space observatory. The nearly continuous strip of dense and cold clumps of material forms an infinity symbol, or sideways 8, that is a few hundred light years across. In this image, the strip twists around an invisible axis running roughly from the top left to the bottom right.

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