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Destination: X-ray Milky Way CD-ROM

v1.0 January 2005

NOTE: "This CD is currently out of print (April 22, 2009)"

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THE GALACTIC CENTER: Chandra's panoramic X-ray view covers a 900- by 400-light year swath of the teeming and tumultuous Milky Way center. While this is only a small fraction of the nearly 100,000-light-year diameter of the Milky Way, it represents rather valuable Galactic real estate. For in this relatively small field of view, there are hundreds of objects including the remains of shattered stars, pairs of orbiting objects, and incredibly dense white dwarf and neutron stars. And at the center, an enormous black hole with the mass equivalent of 3 million Suns dominates the landscape.

"Destination: X-ray Milky Way" takes you on an interactive voyage through the heart of the X-ray Milky Way. Discover the bustling activity of our Galactic downtown by zooming, panning and exploring the innermost region of the Milky Way in X-ray light and other wavelengths. Take a virtual voyage from Earth through the Milky Way to the Local Group and back to the Galactic Center. Learn about other Chandra observations in the Galactic neighborhood, including supernovas, black holes, neutron stars and more. Play "Name that Object", sort objects by their distance and diameter, or try a word search to test your skills.

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Sample image
from "Destination:
X-ray Milky Way"

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