Where In the Universe #151

Article written: 8 Sep , 2011
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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It’s back by popular demand! Here’s a new Where In The Universe Challenge. Name where in the Universe this image was taken depicts and give yourself extra points if you can name the telescope or spacecraft responsible for the image. Post your guesses in the comments section, and check back on later at this same post to find the answer. To make this challenge fun for everyone, please don’t include links or extensive explanations with your answer. Good luck!

UPDATE: The answer has now been posted below.

This is a Chandra image of four bright, variable X-ray sources that were discovered within 3 light years of Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). The variability suggests these are X-ray binary systems where a black hole or neutron star is pulling matter from a nearby companion star. Such a high concentration of X-ray binaries in this region is strong circumstantial evidence that a dense swarm of 10,000 or more stellar-mass black holes and neutron stars has formed around Sgr A*.

For more images and info see the Chandra website.



20 Responses

  1. lunej le says

    Sgr A* in the center of Milky Way, taken by Chandra?!

  2. “Name where in the Universe this image was taken”

    Earth?

  3. Sgr A* – Chandra

    but I see someone has beaten me to it.

  4. John Reed says

    It is clearly Chandra X-ray Image of Galactic Center X-ray Binaries. But I only know that because I dragged the picture into the Google Images search box πŸ™‚

  5. Erik Wessel says

    Umm, some sort of X-ray thing by Chandra I’m guessing. (I think that’s vague enough that I can’t be wrong)

  6. David Jennings says

    your all wrong but it looks like god giving us the finger.

  7. Centre of our galaxy ‘Milky Way’ – Chandra X-ray Observatory – around January 2005 I think.

  8. Yaay it’s back!
    Looks like an X-ray image of the centre of a galaxy; not sure. By Chandra maybe?

  9. Anonymous says

    its Galactic Center X-ray Binaries by Chandra

  10. Bharath Purtipli says

    Region around Sagittarius A. This is an X-Ray, image, I suppose, taken by the Chandra X-Ray observatory. Probably having many Black Holes….

  11. Bharath Purtipli says

    I think I’m very late….

  12. Anonymous says

    *Thumbs up* πŸ˜‰

  13. Anonymous says

    *Thumbs up* πŸ˜‰

  14. pilax x says

    lunej, congrats! πŸ™‚

  15. pilax x says

    lunej, congrats! πŸ™‚

  16. Lino says

    This is the Hand of God from the center of the Galaxy

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