This visualization takes the viewer to the center of our Galaxy, the position of the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole (Sgr A*). Supercomputer simulations using data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory show the effects of dozens of massive stars with fierce winds blowing off their surfaces in the region surrounding Sgr A*. Blue and cyan represent X-ray emission from ultra-hot gas with temperatures of tens of millions of degrees. Red shows ultraviolet emission from moderately dense regions of cooler gas with temperatures of merely tens of thousands of degrees, and yellow shows cooler gas with the highest densities and lowest temperatures. Use the widget in the upper left corner to pan and tilt around the simulation.
Video Credit: NASA