The image combines 370 images taken by the orbital observatory of Rayos X Chandra, describes billions of stars and countless black holes in the heart Milky Way. A radio telescope in South Africa contributed to the contrast.
Astronomer Daniel Wang of the University of Massachusetts, on the Amherst campus, said Friday that he worked on the image for a year while confined at home in pandemic.
“What we are seeing in the panorama is a disturbed or active ecosystem at the center of our galaxy,” Wang said in an e-mail. There are many remnants of supernovae, black holes, and neutron stars there. Each point or element of the X-ray represents an energy source, most of which is located in the center.”
The high-density, high-energy center of the galaxy is located 26,000 light-years from Earth.
Wang’s work was published in the June issue of the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Chandra was launched into space in 1999 and orbits the Earth in an elliptical orbit.