FP TrendingJun 23, 2020 08:52:58 IST
A German-Russian space telescope has now captured a view of the sky in X-rays. The image records some breathtaking events in heaven.
According to a report in CBS News, the image was captured using the eROSITA X-ray telescope, mounted on the space observatory Spektr-RG.
The report mentions a team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany saying that the resulting image shows never before seen view of the sky through X-ray vision.
Peter Predehl, the Principal Investigator of eROSITA was quoted as saying, "This all-sky image completely changes the way we look at the energetic universe."
He added, "We see such a wealth of detail — the beauty of the images is really stunning."
According to a report in BBC, the orbiting telescope was launched last year in July and was despatched to an observing position around 1.5 million km away from Earth.
The report adds that eRosita's first all-sky data-set records over a million sources of X-rays.
Kirpal Nandra, who heads the high-energy astrophysics group at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching, Germany said, "That's actually pretty much the same number as had been detected in the whole history of X-ray astronomy going back 60 years. We've basically doubled the known sources in just six months."
The BBC report also said that the map makes use of the Aitoff projection, which unwraps the sphere of the sky to an ellipse.
A report in Science Mag stated that most of the dots represented in the image are supermassive black holes at the centres of galaxies. These are devouring gas, and in the process becoming so hot that the glow can be seen across the universe.
It adds that the four-year-goal of the project is to map the positions of millions of such galaxies to understand how gravity attracts them together in 1000-strong clusters. Researchers also plan to figure out how the mysterious force known as dark energy acts counter to gravity, pushing matter apart helps in the expansion of the universe.
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