NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope recently captured a photo of the star-studded center of our galaxy.
The photo shows more than half a million stars amassed at the center of the Milky Way, NASA said in a statement on Thursday.
The throngs of stars form the Milky Way’s nuclear star cluster, which is the densest cluster in our galaxy, according to NASA.
“(It’s) so packed with stars, it is equivalent to having a million suns crammed between us and our closest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri,” NASA said.
The star cluster is hard to spot with the naked eye, so astronomers used infrared vision to peer through dust and other objects to spot the cluster, which is 27,000 light-years-away.
Astronomers estimate that the cluster is likely comprised of about 10 million other stars, which are too faint to catch in the image.