This still image is a single frame from the visualisation that allows viewers to view the centre of our Galaxy as if they were sitting in the position of the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole (Sgr A*). Image credit: NASA/CXC/Pontifical Catholic Univ. of Chile /C.Russell et al.
Want to take a trip to the centre of the Milky Way? Check out a new immersive, ultra-high-definition visualisation. This 360-movie offers an unparalleled opportunity to look around the centre of the galaxy, from the vantage point of the central supermassive black hole, in any direction the user chooses.
By combining NASA Ames supercomputer simulations with data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, this visualisation provides a new perspective of what is happening in and around the centre of the Milky Way. It shows the effects of dozens of massive stellar giants with fierce winds blowing off their surfaces in the region a few light years away from the supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A* for short).
These winds provide a buffet of material for the supermassive black hole to potentially feed upon. As in a previous visualisation, the viewer can observe dense clumps of material streaming toward Sgr A*. These ...