FORCAST and HAWC+ image of the Galactic Center

SOFIA Observations of the Galactic Center


Color shows the SOFIA FORCAST and HAWC+ image of the dusty arcs that surround and possibly feed the massive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Streamlines show the magnetic field morphology from SOFIA HAWC+ polarization maps. This combination allows us to compare the direction of the magnetic field and the orientation of the dusty material. The star field is from Hubble Space Telescope Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer. 

NASA/SOFIA/D. Dowell/W. Reach/L Proudfit
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