NASA has released a stunning composite image of the Milky Way


NASA shared a stunning view of the Milky Way’s galactic centre on Instagram. The photo was compiled from 370 observations over the past 20 years by the orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory, showing billions of stars in the heart of the Milky Way.

“What we see in the photo is a violent or energetic ecosystem in the inner city of our galaxy,” Wang said in an email. “There are a lot of supernova remnants, black holes and neutron stars out there. Each point or radiographic feature represents an energy source, most of which is at the center. “This image of the cosmic masterpiece was created after using data received from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa.

NASA said one thread, in particular, was intriguing, for it had X-ray and radio emission intertwined. “It points perpendicular to the plane of the galaxy and is about 20 light-years long but only one-hundredth that size in width,” the space agency said.