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Glossary term: Galactic Center

Description: The Galactic Center is the central region of the Milky Way and part of the Galactic bulge. It contains the radio source Sagittarius A and the compact radio source Sagittarius A* which contains the supermassive black hole at the heart of our Galaxy. This black hole is orbited by several young, massive stars. All this is surrounded by millions of older stars making up the so-called nuclear star cluster.

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