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CXC: Scientists Take Viewers to the Center of the Milky Way

Postby bystander » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:12 pm

Galactic Center: Scientists Take Viewers to the Center of the Milky Way
NASA | GSFC | SAO | Chandra X-ray Observatory | 2018 Jan 10

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Credit: NASA/CXC/Pontifical Catholic Univ. of Chile/C. Russell et al.

A new visualization provides an exceptional virtual trip — complete with a 360-degree view — to the center of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. This project, made using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes, allows viewers to control their own exploration of the fascinating environment of volatile massive stars and powerful gravity around the monster black hole that lies in the center of the Milky Way.

The Earth is located about 26,000 light years, or about 150,000 trillion miles, from the center of the Galaxy. While humans cannot physically travel there, scientists have been able to study this region by using data from powerful telescopes that can detect light in a variety of forms, including X-ray and infrared light. ...

Modelling the Thermal X-ray Emission around the Galactic Centre
from Colliding Wolf–Rayet Winds
- Christopher M. P. Russell, Q. Daniel Wang, Jorge Cuadra
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