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News Release 221 of 955

November 10, 2009 11:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-28

NASA's Great Observatories Celebrate International Year of Astronomy

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Image: Galactic Center Region in X-rays from Chandra

Galactic Center Region in X-rays from Chandra

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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.

Object Name: Galactic Center

Image Type: Astronomical

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

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Montage Image: NASA's Great Observatories Present Unique Views of the Center of the Milky Way Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated NASA's Great Observatories Present Unique Views of the Center of the Milky WayPRC2009-28b Galactic Center Region in Infrared from Spitzer Image Type: Astronomical Galactic Center Region in Infrared from Spitzer Galactic Center Region in Near-Infrared from Hubble Image Type: Astronomical Galactic Center Region in Near-Infrared from Hubble

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