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NASA picture of the day February 2 2022

NASA picture of the day February 2 2022.

What is actually the center of the galaxy here? Is it the bright star or something nearby it?

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    $\begingroup$ The text the images comes with says the center of the Galaxy is in the center of the image. $\endgroup$ Feb 3 at 11:42
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    Feb 3 at 11:56

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This image is based on a combined data set from the MeerKAT radio telescope. The processing is described in The 1.28 GHz MeerKAT Galactic Center Mosaic. This paper includes a replica of the image above (with a different palette) along with celestial and galactic coordinates. I am reproducing the image below. The direction of the center of the galaxy is located the intersection of the to galactic coordinate lines $l=0.0°$ and $b=0.0°$.

The 1.28 GHz MeerKAT Galactic Center Mosaic

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