Sunday, January 22, 2006

Our Living Breathing Galaxy

Space.com got their hands on some great footage: A movie chronicling 10 years of X-Ray activity in the Milky Way.

The movie comes from the MIT-built, All-Sky Monitor, part of the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer mission.

It's like watching a pile of Christmas lights blinking off and on at random. Green, orange, red and blue spheres, appearing as if from nowhere then vanishing to black. These are the bursts of X-Rays from such things as pulsars, neutron stars and black holes.

Seeing this activity, invisible to the naked eye, is like peering at the inner workings of a fine-tuned mechanism, clicking away the eons, marking the passage of time for all eternity...

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