The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has shown a new panorama of the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Pictures of billions of stars and black holes were collected for over 20 years to create it.
The observations, which were later used to create the panorama, were carried out from the Chandra X-ray orbiting Observatory in South Africa.
It is noted that our own galaxy is difficult to study, as it is hidden by a fog of gas and dust. But the researchers were able to penetrate it precisely with the help of the X-ray observatory Chandra, which sees X-rays instead of visible light.
The study, published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, provides the most precise picture of the plumes of hot gas that emit X-rays emanating from an area near the black hole in the center of the galaxy.