Galactic Center

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. 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.

Permeating the region is a diffuse haze of X-ray light from gas that has been heated to millions of degrees by winds from massive young stars - which appear to form more frequently here than elsewhere in the Galaxy - explosions of dying stars, and outflows powered by the supermassive black hole - known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). Data from Chandra and other X-ray telescopes suggest that giant X-ray flares from this black hole occurred about 50 and about 300 years earlier.

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.
More: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2009/gcenter/

Carnival of Space

-K. Arcand, CXC


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Don’t stop writing,

Don’t stop writing, you’ve given me lots of good info!


Great photo!

Great photo!


We never fully understand

We never fully understand space and whats out there in my opinion.


Beautiful

Milky way galaxy is looking so beautiful.Thanks for the information.


Thanks.

Thanks for this look at this wonderful new find in the galaxy. It is always amazing to see these new frontiers. We hope to read more when you can write about them.


Beautiful!

I find these pictures so absolutely stunning. Space is such an amazing thing. I'd love to go up there one day and see it with my own eyes.


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