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Take a 360 degree tour of the Milky Way...

• http://www.dailymail.co, By TIM COLLINS

Budding astronauts can take a virtual space flight to the deepest depths of our galaxy, thanks to a stunning new interactive graphic produced by Nasa.

The immersive 360° visualisation depicts the heart of the Milky Way, roughly 26,000 light years (150,000 trillion miles) away from Earth.

It was created using data taken by satellites, which capture light that has managed to escape the monster black hole that lies in the middle of our spiral galaxy.

The project, made using data from Nasa's Chandra X-ray Observatory, lets viewers control their own exploration of the fascinating environment of volatile giant stars and powerful gravity around the huge black hole.

While humans cannot physically travel there, scientists have been able to study this region by using X-ray, infrared and other observation methods.

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