Hubble mosaic of the Galactic center

Oct 10, 2011
Credit: NASA, ESA, and Q.D. Wang (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

(PhysOrg.com) -- This NASA Hubble Space Telescope infrared mosaic image represents the sharpest survey of the Galactic Center to date. It reveals a new population of massive stars and new details in complex structures in the hot ionized gas swirling around the central 300 x 115 light-years. This sweeping infrared panorama offers a nearby laboratory for how massive stars form and influence their environment in the often violent nuclear regions of other galaxies. The infrared mosaic was taken with Hubble's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS). The Galactic core is obscured in visible light by dust clouds, which infrared light can penetrate.

The new NICMOS data show the glow from ionized as well as a multitude of stars. NICMOS shows a large number of these distributed throughout the region. A new finding is that astronomers now see that the massive stars are not confined to one of the three known clusters of massive stars in the Galactic Center, known as the Central cluster, the Arches cluster, and the Quintuplet cluster. These three clusters are easily seen as tight concentrations of bright, massive stars in the NICMOS image. The distributed stars may have formed in isolation, or they may have originated in clusters that have been disrupted by strong gravitational tidal forces.

The winds and radiation from these stars form the complex structures seen in the core and in some cases they may be triggering new generations of stars. At upper left, large arcs of ionized gas are resolved into arrays of intriguingly organized linear filaments indicating a critical role of the influence of locally strong magnetic fields.

The lower left region shows pillars of gas sculpted by winds from hot massive stars in the Quintuplet cluster. At the center of the image, ionized gas surrounding the at the center of the galaxy is confined to a bright spiral embedded within a circum-nuclear dusty inner-tube-shaped torus.

The false-color image was taken through a filter that reveals the glow of hot hydrogen in space.

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GDM
5 / 5 (5) Oct 10, 2011
Amazing picture! I wish someone would put in some arrows to more clearly identify the features mentioned.
Vendicar_Decarian
4 / 5 (4) Oct 11, 2011
There be whales here.
omatumr
1 / 5 (7) Oct 12, 2011
Neutron Repulsion in Action!


A suggested title for the mosaic with visual confirmation of the nuclear energy stored as rest mass from neutron repulsion [1-5] in compact stellar objects.

1. "Attraction and repulsion of nucleons: Sources of stellar energy"
Journal of Fusion Energy 19, 93-98 (2001)

www.omatumr.com/a...tnuc.pdf

2. "Neutron repulsion confirmed as energy source",
Journal of Fusion Energy 20, 197-201 (2003)

www.omatumr.com/a...nrep.pdf

3. "On the cosmic nuclear cycle and the similarity of nuclei and stars"
Journal of Fusion Energy 25, 107-114 (2006)

http://xxx.lanl.g.../0511051

4. "The Sun is a plasma diffuser that sorts atoms by mass",
Physics of Atomic Nuclei 69, 1847-1856 (2006)
Yadernaya Fizika 69, number 11 (2006)

http://arxiv.org/.../0609509

5. "Neutron Repulsion", The APEIRON Journal, in press (2011)

http://arxiv.org/...2.1499v1

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Apollo PI
Ethelred
4 / 5 (4) Oct 12, 2011
So just how do Neutron Stars form when neutron repulsion is alleged by you to be so powerful that it stops Black Holes from forming no matter how large the mass?

Ignoring the question won't magically make you right Oliver. The ideas are contradictory and I bet even the Plasma Universe Cranks can see that now that it has been pointed out.

Join The Cause. Force Physorg To Enforce Their Own Rules On Oliver.

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Ethelred

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