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Look toward the center of the Milky Way galaxy

28 Aug 2011, 07:01 UTC
Look toward the center of the Milky Way galaxy
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Today's chart is aimed toward the galaxy's center, which is located some 30,000 light-years away.

Today’s chart is aimed toward the galaxy’s center, which is located some 30,000 light-years away.
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