Infrared View of the Milky Way Center

European Southern Observatory / AFP / Getty Images
May 16, 2012. The peculiar galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128) pictured through the Wide Field Imager attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. 
From violence in Colombia and a huge fire in Manila to soccer championships across Europe and the presidential handover ceremony in France, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week. See more here.