A radio telescope showed us the center of Milky Way. Unprecedented details came to light. See more here

28/01/2022
Credit: SARAO
Credit: SARAO

A radio telescope showed us the center of the Milky Way. Through this image, a lot of things hitherto unknown about the center of our galaxy have come to light. The MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa took one of the few images of the Milky Way center. 

About the telescope: 

MeerKAT is one of the most sensitive telescopes for such observations. It was inaugurated in 2018, in South Africa, with 64 antennas that are spread over a radius of 4 km around the telescope. Speaking of this discovery, the telescope took 200 hours, making 20 separate observations all put together in the image above. The telescope is one of the best on Earth and continues to make important observations, such as this one. 

About the image above: 

The image shows light radio emissions and low emissions. Light radio emissions are represented by the color (dark red) while lower emissions are represented by shades of gray. In addition to the emissions, in the image above we can see the galactic plane horizontally, and in the middle we can see the brightest object in the image, this being the galactic center, where there is a supermassive black hole. 

Amazing details came to light: 

First of all, the researchers analyzed the data collected by the telescope and noticed that through the gray nuances that represent emissions, there are also the remains of supernovae and mysterious radio filaments. In addition, researchers have discovered something dubious that is thought to exist in the center of our galaxy. They observed that the radio "bubbles" stretch over a length of 1400 light-years, a fairly long length in the center of the galaxy.

Researchers are continuing to analyze the telescope's observations, and new details may be found shortly. And the telescope continues its research.

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 28 January 2022, at 02:59 am Los Angeles time

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