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The Galactic Centre through the emission of heavy elements

The Galactic Centre through the emission of heavy elements

Date: 20 August 2015
Satellite: XMM-Newton
Copyright: ESA/XMM-Newton/G. Ponti et al. 2015

The central regions of our galaxy, the Milky Way, seen in X-rays by ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory.

This image portrays powerful remnants of dead stars and their mighty action on the surrounding gas, showing us an unprecedented view of the Milky Way's energetic core. It was put together in a new study by compiling all observations of this region that were performed with XMM-Newton, adding up to over one month of monitoring in total.

The image combines data collected at energies that correspond to the light emitted by heavy elements such as silicon and argon, which are produced primarily in supernova explosions, as well as other narrow energy bands. It spans about 2.5° across, equivalent to about one thousand light-years.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
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