The US space agency, NASA, has released a stunning new image of our galaxy’s violent and extremely lively heart.
The image, made up of 370 observations made over the past two decades by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, orbiting Earth some 86,500 miles away, shows billions of stars and countless black holes at the center of the Milky Way.
A radio telescope in South Africa also contributed to the production of the image. Astronomer Daniel Wang of the University of Massachusetts Amherst said Friday, May 28, that he spent a year working on the image while he was stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
“What we see in the image is a violent or active ecosystem in the middle of our galaxy. There are a lot of supernova remnants, black holes and neutron stars there. Every point or feature of the X-ray represents an active source, most of them in the center,” Wang added.
The busy and high-energy center of the Milky Way is located 26,000 light-years from Earth.
The Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched in 1999, and it orbits in an intense elliptical orbit around the Earth. He specializes in X-rays, which allows him to peer into cosmic events that no other telescope can do.
And he helped scientists make miraculous discoveries about the life cycles of stars, black holes, and others
The Chandra mission was only supposed to last five years, but it’s still going strong more than two decades after its launch.
Source: The Guardian