View Full Version : Gamma Ray Map of the Milky Way

2005-Sep-23, 08:14 AM
SUMMARY: The European Space Agency's Integral gamma-ray observatory has produced a new map of the Milky Way in the gamma-ray spectrum. Integral is looking for traces of radioactive aluminum, which gives off gamma rays with a specific wavelength. But the question is, what's producing all this aluminum? Some astronomers believe these could be created by specific objects in the Milky Way, like Red Giant stars or hot blue stars. Another possibility is that it's produced as part of supernova explosions. Integral will help get to the bottom of this mystery.

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