NASA publishes an impressive picture of the “downtown” of the Milky Way Science & Tech News 26,000 light years away
A striking new image of the Milky Way has been released by NASA.
The picture shows the violent, energetic inner city of the galaxy and is composed of 370 observations NASAChandra X-ray Observatory.
The images were taken over the past two decades and show billions of stars and black holes in the center or heart of the Milky Way.
A radio telescope in South Africa contributed to the image that astronomer Daniel Wang of the University of Massachusetts Amherst was working on while stuck at home during the pandemic.
“What we see in the picture is a violent or energetic ecosystem in the center of our galaxy,” said Wang.
“There are lots of supernova remnants, black holes and neutron stars there. Each X-ray point or feature is an energy source, most of which are in the center.”
This bustling, high-energy galactic center is 26,000 light years away. That said, if you caught an elevator discovering the space shuttle, it would take approximately 967,200,000 years to get there.
Chandra, which was launched in 1999, is in an extremely oval orbit around the earth.
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In 2019, Chandra and Telescopes discovered one in China, Spain, and Hawaii black hole so big that scientists said it shouldn’t exist.
The black hole was imaged 15,000 light years from Earth and had a mass 70 times greater than the sun.
And on Friday, a team of scientists from the International Dark Energy Survey (DES) released one new dark matter map that covers a quarter of the sky in the southern hemisphere.
Dark matter cannot be observed from Earth, but scientists put the map together by studying how light from distant galaxies was distorted on its way to Earth.
The presence of dark matter would bend the rays towards us.