The Cat's Eye Nebula: Dying Star Creates Fantasy-like Sculpture of Gas and Dust  
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Great Observatories Explore Galactic Center

Today, in celebration of Galileo’s telescopic achievements and as part of the International Year of Astronomy, NASA has used its entire fleet of Great Observatories, and the Internet, to bring the center of our Galaxy to you.

Pictured above, in greater detail and in more colors than ever seen before, are the combined images of the Hubble Space Telescope in optical light, the Spitzer Space Telescope in infrared light, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory in X-ray light.[...]

 

Credit: NASA, ESA, SSC, CXC, and STScI