Introducing Our New Milky Way Explorer

A cloud of gas, that may or may not have a star embedded in the middle, is falling into the supermassive black hole in the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance for astronomers to watch our malnourished black hole eat, and a perfect time to put that into context for you in an exciting new interactive adventure: the Milky Way Explorer.

Join the astronomers who are on a quest to understand our Galaxy and the Universe we inhabit. They will tell you about the mysteries they are trying to solve, their favorite objects in space, and their excitement about finally getting to watch our Galaxy's black hole feed.

NRAO's Education and Public Outreach team will continue to add new videos to this unique tour, so keep orbiting the Milky Way Explorer for updates.

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation, operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.

MWE imageSMScene from the welcome video of our new Milky Way Explorer online interactive.