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NASA releases great new images of the Milky Way



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These 20-year anniversary images of Chandra show galaxy clusters, the Milky Way Center and some exotic star-forming regions of outer space.


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NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is 20 years old since it was launched into space on July 23, 1999 by the Space Shuttle Columbia, ideal for observing hot objects such as 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 point of view with that of other telescopes, including Hubble.

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.

This composite image of the center of the Milky Way combines Chandra X-ray observations with radio data from the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa.


X-ray: NASA / CXC / UMass / D. Wang et al. Radio: SARAO / MeerKAT

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.

Cygnus OB2 is a massive star with a relatively short lifespan.


X-ray: NASA / CXC / SAO / J. Drake et al. Optical: Univ. from Hertfordshire / INT / IPHAS; Infrared: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Spitzer

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 23, 9:23 pm, PT.


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