APOD: Journey to the Center of the Galaxy (2012 Jul 02)

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APOD: Journey to the Center of the Galaxy (2012 Jul 02)

Post by APOD Robot » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:23 am

Image Journey to the Center of the Galaxy

Explanation: What wonders lie at the center of our Galaxy? In Jules Verne's science fiction classic A Journey to the Center of the Earth, Professor Liedenbrock and his fellow explorers encounter many strange and exciting wonders. Astronomers already know of some of the bizarre objects that exist at our Galactic center, including like vast cosmic dust clouds, bright star clusters, swirling rings of gas, and even a supermassive black hole. Much of the Galactic Center is shielded from our view in visible light by the intervening dust and gas, but it can be explored using other forms of electromagnetic radiation. The above video is actually a digital zoom into the Milky Way's center which starts by utilizing visible light images from the Digitized Sky Survey. As the movie proceeds, the light shown shifts to dust-penetrating infrared and highlights gas clouds that were recently discovered to be falling toward central black hole.

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Re: APOD: Journey to the Center of the Galaxy (2012 Jul 02)

Post by Beyond » Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:48 am

As of right now, the nasa links, eso.org and the milky way's center link are out. It does take a while to put the sky back together after a big storm. :mrgreen:
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Re: APOD: Journey to the Center of the Galaxy (2012 Jul 02)

Post by owlice » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:02 am

A power outage is keeping APOD Central dark; in the meantime, please find today's APOD here:
http://asterisk.apod.com/library/APOD/A ... 20702.html
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Re: APOD: Journey to the Center of the Galaxy (2012 Jul 02)

Post by bystander » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:12 am

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Re: APOD: Journey to the Center of the Galaxy (2012 Jul 02)

Post by orin stepanek » Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:27 pm

I take it the the bright flash at the end of the video was the black hole's lunch! :?
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Re: APOD: Journey to the Center of the Galaxy (2012 Jul 02)

Post by sage » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:45 pm

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Re: APOD: Journey to the Center of the Galaxy (2012 Jul 02)

Post by ta152h0 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:55 am

perfect timing, I will show this to a special beija-flor
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Re: APOD: Journey to the Center of the Galaxy (2012 Jul 02)

Post by Moonlady » Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:40 pm

I saw this amazing clip on bulutsu.org which is providing APODs when this page couldn't work!

Why do the gas clouds move so fast? I thought blackhole gravity would be pulling objects much slower when far away from it's origin, but here it works just in some years, I expected objects
span lightyears distances and they take more time to be gone into a blackhole.