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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Brand New NASA Pic of Sagittarius A from Chandra Space Telescope May Shed Light On High Energy Neutrino Source

Today's release is of note due to it giving us some clues on where the higher energy neutrinos are coming from.  Where is this hint leading us? The supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy may be involved!

Quoting NASA:
"While the Sun produces neutrinos that constantly bombard the Earth, there are also other neutrinos with much higher energies that are only rarely detected. Scientists have proposed that these higher-energy neutrinos are created in the most powerful events in the Universe like galaxy mergers, material falling onto supermassive black holes, and the winds around dense rotating stars called pulsars."

Newly released from NASA's CHANDRA x-ray observatory, this is new spiffy pic of Sagittarius A:

Credit: NASA (NASA/CXC/Univ. of Wisconsin/Y.Bai. et al.)
From "Sagittarius A*: NASA X-ray Telescopes Find Black Hole May Be a Neutrino Factory"

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