IT’S ALSO ACCELERATING SOME COSMIC RAYS TO NEAR THE SPEED OF LIGHT.
NASA chose the Compton Spectrometer and Imager (COSI), a gamma-ray telescope expected to launch in 2025 to explore the recent history of star birth, star death and the formation of chemical elements in the galaxy.
Take a look at the winners of the 2021 Milky Way Photographer of the Year competition from the travel and photography site Capture the Atlas.
Astronomers have discovered a gigantic cavity in space while studying 3D maps of nearby star-forming clouds of gas and dust.
It’s not a fast radio burst, pulsar or low-mass star. So what in the heavens is it?
While scientists theorize that cosmic rays originate from many sources – our Sun, supernovae, gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), and Active Galactic Nuclei (aka. quasars) – their exact origin has been a mystery since they were first discovered in 1912.
The break contains hundreds of thousands of stars, jabbing out of the galaxy’s Sagittarius arm at a dramatic angle.
An amazing new view of the Milky Way provided by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory reveals the threads of superheated gas and magnetic fields that weave the cosmic tapestry together.