A journey to the center of the Milky Way

A new conception offers an unprecedented implied trip providing an entire 360 degree view to the nucleus of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. This project conceived using data from Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes, permits spectators to constraint their own probing of the enchanting environment of turbulent enormous stars and herculean gravity around the colossus black hole that lies at the nucleus of the Milky Way.

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The Earth is situated about 26,000 light years, or about 150,000 trillion miles, from the nucleus of the Galaxy. While mortals cannot traverse there physically, scientists have been able to research this area by utilizing data from dominant telescope that can decipher light in an array of forms encompassing X-ray and infrared light.

The conception reckons on infrared data with the European Southern Observatory’s massive telescope of 30 enormous stellar giants called Wolf-Rayet stars that orbit within about 1.5 light years of the center of our Galaxy.

Herculean winds of gas emanating through the surface of these stars are assuming some of their external layers into interstellar space. When the outpouring gas ploughs into formerly discharged gas from other stars, the accident yield shock waves, homogenous to sonic booms, which perfuse the area. These shock waves heat the gas to millions of degrees, which results in glowing X-rays. Substantial scrutiny with Chandra of the central regions of the Milky Way have offered crucial data about the temperature and dissemination of this multimillion-degree gas.