All new images are observers, but Chandra's view of Sagittarius A *, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy galaxy, is a real eye-opener.
The psychedelic composite image shows "gas clouds at temperatures of millions of degrees, neutron stars and white dwarf stars that tear off material from companion stars and beautiful tendrils of radio emissions". It combines Chandra's X-ray data in green and blue with radio data in red from the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa.
NASA also published a composite image of the massive star Cygnus OB2 that combines Chandra observations with data from two other telescopes. This bright, wild view shows how this star sends out high-energy winds.
"These violent winds can collide in the gas and dust around the stars or create shocks that deposit large amounts of energy producing Chandra's perceptible X-ray emission." has traveled 2,700 trips around the world, covering more than 1.5 billion miles (2.4 billion kilometers).
You can take close-up photos of all the anniversary pictures on the Chandra website and lose yourself in the wonders of the universe. The Space Telescope has more than made a name for itself as one of NASA's "Great Observatories".
Originally published on July 23rd, 9:23 pm, PT.