X-ray vision at the centre of our galaxy

January 10, 2014 7:33 AM

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(Sen) - NASA's Swift telescope has given scientists a unique X-ray glimpse into the activity at the centre of the Milky Way. The observations include the discovery of a rare celestial entity that may help test predictions of Einstein's theory of general relativity.

Swift's seven-year campaign to monitor the centre of our galaxy has doubled the number of images available to scientists of bright X-ray flares occurring at the galaxy's central black hole, Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). These images will help decipher the physical nature of X-ray flares and enabled the d...

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