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The Tumultuous Milky Way

ESA/XMM-Newton/G. Ponti et al.
ESA/XMM-Newton/G. Ponti et al.
Supernovas, neutron stars, stellar clusters: The center of our galaxy has it all. In this new image, right, the European XMM-Newton X-ray observatory revealed the chaos at the heart of the Milky Way. Sagittarius A* is a supermassive black hole on the far left; the immense gravitational pull on nearby matter causes it to emit X-rays, lighting up the space around the event horizon.

Heather Goss is the Departments Editor at Air & Space.

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