View Full Version : Chandra Peers Into the Heart of the Milky Way

2005-Sep-08, 04:56 AM
SUMMARY: The Chandra X-Ray Observatory has revealed an extremely hot region at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy. A team of astronomers from UCLA turned Chandra's gaze on a region approximately 100 light-years across, and then painstakingly removed the glow from more than 2,500 point sources of X-ray radiation (neutron stars, black holes, etc). What remained was the characteristic radiation from gas being heated to 100 million degrees. It could be that the glow isn't coming from gas, but a collection of point sources, like a cluster of 200,000 neutron stars.

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