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The Chandra X-ray Observatory marks its 20th anniversary since the Space Shuttle Columbia launched it on July 23, 1999. The agency released a series of beautiful, new Chandra pictures to celebrate.
Chandra was built to measure X-ray emissions This makes it perfect for observing hot things like stars and galaxy clusters. The telescope's unique vision produces colorful images that highlight turbulent processes between the stars. The researchers often combine Chandra's perspective with that of other telescopes, including Hubble.
All new images are observers, but Chandra's point of view on Sagittarius A *, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy galaxy, is a real eye-sopener.
The psychedelic compound image shows "clouds of gas 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 release large amounts of energy that can generate X-rays. Chandra can detect," said NASA.
In 20 years, Chandra has traveled 2,700 trips around the world, covering more than 1.5 billion miles (2.4 billion kilometers).
You can see all the close-ups of Anniversary Images on the Chandra website and immerse yourself in the wonders of the universe. The Space Telescope has more than earned its place as one of NASA's "Great Observatories."
Originally published on July 23, 9:23 pm, PT.