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The Milky Way was captured in its best photo yet

The Milky Way was captured in its best photo yet

NASA has released a stunning image of the Milky Way center. It is a unique mosaic of data collected over two decades.

The cool galaxy texture is an image of the center of our galaxy. It captures a region of billions of stars and countless black holes in the center of the Milky Way.

The image, published by NASA on its website, consists of 370 observations from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia launched in 1999 into Earth orbit. For better contrast, data from Chandra is supplemented with data from the MeerKAT Radio Telescope in South Africa.

The preview image is just a snippet of the overall image that you can see here:


The whole image was created by astronomer Daniel Wang. | Source:
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The image of the high-energy galactic center, 24.8 thousand light-years from Earth, was made by astronomer Daniel Wang. UMass Amherst, a scientist at American University, has worked on it from home all year long during the coronavirus pandemic.

The photo shows an x-ray taken by Chandra orange, green, blue, and purple. They show different energies from the X-rays. Radio data from the MeerKAT telescope are presented in pastel shades of purple (magenta) and gray.

The core of our galaxy shines the brightest in visible light and contains the most stars. The density of the objects increases towards the center of the galaxy. There are many stars, clusters, interstellar matter, dark matter, radio, X-rays, infrared sources, and possibly a huge black hole.

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“What we see in the picture is a stormy energy ecosystem in the middle of our galaxy.” Wang wrote in an email to the Associated Press that every X-ray point shows the source of the energy.

A description of his work Ants was published in the June issue of a professional journal Monthly notifications, A periodical of the London-based Royal Astronomical Society (RAS).