This handout infrared image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope released on March 31, 2016 shows the center of the Milky Way, 27 000 light-years away from Earth. AFP PHOTO / NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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