MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FUR PHYSIK UND ASTROPHYSIK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FUR PHYSIK UND ASTROPHYSIK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
X-ray image of parts of the constellations of Ophiuchus and Sagittarius, looking toward the centre of the galaxy, made by the ROSAT satellite. The X-ray sources seen here are extraordinarily bright, typical of sources that are close to the galactic centre. Of particular interest are Kepler's supernova remnant (SN 1604), and the Terzan 2 X-ray burst source. The Moon is seen just to the right of centre frame as it entered the telescope's field of view twice during the exposure. ROSAT is a German/UK/USA collaboration, and was launched on 1 June 1990.
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