Chandra Captures Galaxy Sparkling in X-rays

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Description: This image contains nearly a million seconds worth of Chandra observing time (purple) along with optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope (red, green, and blue). The X-ray data reveal hundreds of point-like sources, most of which are X-ray binary systems (XRBs) containing a neutron star or black hole in orbit with a star like the Sun. Researchers are studying the XRBs in M51, a.k.a. the "Whirlpool Galaxy," to better understand the role they play in the evolution of the galaxy.

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Owner: Smithsonian Institution
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    • 10/Oct/2016 04:45:00

    Absolutely breathtaking

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    • 04/Jul/2017 11:00:16

    it looks like a Debian Linux to me..

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    • 20/Jan/2018 01:37:18

    The Cleveland Art Museum showed me my favorite photos, pictures of galaxies.

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    • 20/Jan/2018 01:42:21

    This seems to be my favorite flickr astronomy sky picture I found at Lake Elsinore California.