Watch: Hubble Telescope Captures View of Milky Way's 'Galactic Core'

Hubble's second servicing mission in 1997. NASA/Getty

NASA's Hubble telescope now has an unprecedented view of the galactic core, the rotational centre of the Milky Way galaxy.

A new video released by the Hubble team shows how the telescope's infrared camera allowed scientists to peer into the heart of our Milky Way.

Hubble's infrared vision pierced the dusty heart of the galaxy to reveal more than half a million stars at its core.

Located 27,000 light years away, this region is so packed with stars it is the equivalent to having a million suns crammed into the volume of space between us and our closest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri, 4.3 light years away.