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History of Chandra X-Ray Observatory

2003-01-06

NASA

NASA
Washington, DC, United States

A 2 week observation through the optic eye of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory revealed this sturning explosion occurring in the super massive black hole at the Milky Way's center, known as Sagittarius A or Sgr A*. Huge lobes of 20-million degree Centigrade gas ( red loops in image) flank both sides of the black hole and extend over dozens of light years indicating that enormous explosions occurred several times over the last 10 thousand years. Weighing in at 3-million times the mass of the sun, the Sgr A* is a starved black hole, possibly because explosive events in the past have cleared much of the gas around it.

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  • Title: History of Chandra X-Ray Observatory
  • Date Created: 2003-01-06
  • Rights: MSFC
  • Album: rlobrie1

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