May 13, 2008

NASA finds something

This press release from NASA is prompting speculation:-
NASA to Announce Success of Long Galactic Hunt
NASA has scheduled a media teleconference Wednesday, May 14, at 1 p.m. EDT, to announce the discovery of an object in our Galaxy astronomers have been hunting for more than 50 years.
My guess is they've spotted the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy. They've been looking for it with the Chandra X-ray telescope for some time.

The image above (click to enlarge) is a radio image of the area around the galactic center. The galactic black hole is in the extremely bright region marked Sgr A.

Hmm. Gotta wonder what all the fuss was about - the news from NASA is "Chandra Uncovers Youngest Supernova in Our Galaxy".