Galactic centre region in X-rays from Chandra

Esahubble_opo0928f_1024

esahubble_opo0928f November 10th, 2009

Credit: NASA, CXC, D. Wang (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA) and STScI

X-rays detected by the Chandra X-ray Observatory expose a wealth of exotic objects and high-energy features. In this image, pink represents lower energy X-rays and blue indicates higher energy. Hundreds of small dots show emission from material around black holes and other dense stellar objects. A supermassive black hole some four million times more massive than the Sun resides within the bright region in the lower right. The diffuse X-ray light comes from gas heated to millions of degrees by outflows from the supermassive black hole, winds from giant stars, and stellar explosions. This central region is the most energetic place in our galaxy.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0928f/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Sagittarius
Subject - Milky Way
Galaxy > Component > Center/Core
Esahubble_opo0928f_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 17h 45m 46.2s
DEC = -28° 54’ 15.6”
Orientation
North is 58.7° CCW
Field of View
21.0 x 10.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Sagittarius

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Chandra (ACIS) X-ray -
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ID
opo0928f
Subject Category
B.5.4.9  
Subject Name
Sagittarius
Credits
NASA, CXC, D. Wang (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA) and STScI
Release Date
2009-11-10T17:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0928f/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Distance in light years from the Max-Planck-Institute (http://www.mpe.mpg.de/SPIFFI/preprints/first_result_an1.pdf)
Facility
Chandra
Instrument
ACIS
Color Assignment
Blue
Band
X-ray
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
266.442476891, -28.9043387764
Reference Dimension
6300.0, 3000.0
Reference Pixel
3150.0, 1500.0
Scale
-5.55275568565e-05, 5.55275568565e-05
Rotation
58.659999999999968
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
opo0928f
Metadata Date
2016-02-02T13:05:01.556009
Metadata Version
1.1
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