INTEGRAL galactic source simulaton
Credit: ESA


The cosmos ornaments itself in many harmonious ways. Some of those ways are shown in the image above. This image is a rendition of our Galaxy based upon 10 years of observations by the INTEGRAL gamma-ray observatory. In these 10 years of observations INTEGRAL provided images and spectra of weird, high-energy sources like X-ray binaries, black holes, neutron stars, and other strange objects. The image above shows a rather unusual view of all INTEGRAL detected sources (embedded in an artistic Galaxy representation) seen from behind the Galactic Center, facing towards our home Sun.
Published: December 24, 2012

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