This Is The Center Of The Milky Way In Its Clearest View Yet… Breathtaking

This Is The Center Of The Milky Way In Its Clearest View Yet... Breathtaking

A mega-telescope gives the clearest breath-taking view of the center of the milky way.

The MeerKAT radio mega-telescope has given us a glimpse of the center of the Milky Way that is stunning. The image reveals the red center in all its glory, showing in clear detail the region around the black hole, some 25,000 light years away.

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Jul 16 2018 posted to Space

This Is The Center Of The Milky Way In Its Clearest View Yet… Breathtaking

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This Is The Center Of The Milky Way In Its Clearest View Yet... Breathtaking

Jul 16 2018 posted to Space

This Is The Center Of The Milky Way In Its Clearest View Yet… Breathtaking

2 Last Reply Reply

A mega-telescope gives the clearest breath-taking view of the center of the milky way.

The MeerKAT radio mega-telescope has given us a glimpse of the center of the Milky Way that is stunning. The image reveals the red center in all its glory, showing in clear detail the region around the black hole, some 25,000 light years away.

The MeerKAT Telescope with 64 Dishes is More Sensitive than Any Telescope Before

Galactic Center Meerkat Kat-7

The telescope is a combination of 64 individual dishes with all of them being able to detect radio waves. The MeerKAT radio telescope is situated in South Africa in the Karoo region with it being more sensitive than any other telescope according to Sciencealert. com.

The starling red colors in the image reveal just how bright the radio waves are when the telescope picks them up. They range in color, with the faintest emissions being red, while the stronger of the emissions vary orange, yellow and white. The whole image looks like a photograph from hell with a fiery swirling mass. The telescope has managed to give us a never before seen glimpse of the features in the center of the Milky Way. It also gives a view that is clearer than those offered by other telescopes of the remnants of the supernova along with the star-forming regions.

Galactic Center Radio Arc The

The line at lower left is 240 light years

Long Narrow Filaments Have Been a Riddle For Three Decades

The filaments, which are narrow and long, were first seen during the 1980s, but scientists did not know the origin of them. They lie close to the middle of the black hole, however, they are not found in any other location in the Milky Way. Farhad Yusef-Zadeh from the Northwestern University in Evanston in Illinois said, “This image is remarkable”, Farhad is an expert on filaments such as these. He went on to say, “It could provide the key to cracking the code and solve this three-decade riddle.”

Because the Milky Way is 25,000 light years away, it has been very difficult to capture images of it in the past. Along with this, the Milky Way lies behind Sagittarius constellation, which means it is obscured by gas clouds along with dust. The telescopes used on Earth have not been able to pick it up before the MeerKAT telescope was used. The MeerKAT telescope makes use of x-ray, infrared and radio wavelengths, which penetrate the dust, giving a unique view of the region. It is also ideally located in South Africa as for 12 hours each day there is a visible view of the Milky Way.

The MeerKAT Telescope Shows Science Capabilities Never Before Seen

Fernando Camilo, the chief scientist of the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory who was responsible for the building along with the operation of the MeerKAT telescope, said:

“We wanted to show the science capabilities of this new instrument. The center of the galaxy was an obvious target: unique, visually striking and full of unexplained phenomena – but also notoriously hard to image using radio telescopes. Although it’s early days with MeerKAT, there is a lot that remains to be optimized, we decided to go for it – and were stunned by the results.”

Scientists are not the only ones who are stunned by the results of the telescope. People alike are amazed at the clarity of the image along with the breath-taking views of the center of the Milky Way

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