Fluorescent and Starry: New Zinger Space Images From Chandra’s X-Ray Archives
You know that moment when you’re flipping through old digital pictures (on your computer or phone or whatever) and you realize there are some pretty awesome ones in there that you should share on social media? The Chandra X-Ray Observatory team also decided to plumb THEIR archive of astrophysical image magic, and came up with several beauties. Such as the one above this text.
Chandra has been in space since July 23, 1999 — yes, that’s well over 14 years ago — and is considered one of NASA’s telescopes under the “Great Observatories” programs. The other telescopes, by the way, are the Hubble Space Telescope, the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope. Hubble and Spitzer are also still active today.
Check out more from the new set of images below. There are eight all told, representing a tiny fraction of the unprocessed thousands of images available to the public in the Chandra Source Catalog.
4 Replies to “Fluorescent and Starry: New Zinger Space Images From Chandra’s X-Ray Archives”
Thank you Elizabeth for the multi spectra reporting! MOST of these data the images portray were unimaginable, not that long ago.
Does the X-ray data cover the whole field in the 3C 397 image? The lit region seems to have strangely straight bottom and sides, and there’s nothing outside it. It may be real but it doesn’t look right from where I’m sitting.
The Chandra ACIS detector has a FOV of ~17’x17′. A paper describing the Chandra observations of 3C 397 ( http://arxiv.org/pdf/astro-ph/0407121v2.pdf ) notes the diffuse x-ray emission is 2.’5×4.’5 in extent, easily covered by the ACIS detector.
Thanks. So it’s real. Still looks weird, and not quite natural to me. Cheers.
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