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X-Ray Vista Of Milky Way Center Unveiled

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posted on Sep, 22 2009 @ 11:48 AM
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A dramatic new vista of the center of the Milky Way galaxy from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory exposes new levels of the complexity and intrigue in the Galactic center




This is what we see in visible light



The mosaic of 88 Chandra pointings represents a freeze-frame of the spectacle of stellar evolution, from bright young stars to black holes, in a crowded, hostile environment dominated by a central, supermassive black hole.


From this article: New Vista Of Milky Way Center Unveiled

The Milky Way looks quite different when you see it the x-rays that it is producing. The three areas that appear to be bursting with x-rays are very interesting to me. The article speculates...


The area around Sgr A* also contains several mysterious X-ray filaments. Some of these likely represent huge magnetic structures interacting with streams of very energetic electrons produced by rapidly spinning neutron stars or perhaps by a gigantic analog of a solar flare.


The amount of energy that surrounds us is amazing.
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For more information on Chandra X-ray Observatory go here: Chandra

[edit on 22-9-2009 by MysterE]




posted on Sep, 22 2009 @ 12:13 PM
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Wow, other spectrums of energy can give you a totally different view of the galaxy...truly magnificent.



posted on Sep, 22 2009 @ 12:37 PM
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I would love to see this as a full size image? Anyone found a link for this?

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Tnx for the other link.

Full size image here: chandra.harvard.edu...

[edit on 22-9-2009 by Rorror]



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