Watch a 360-degree video that dives into the heart of the Milky Way

The visualisation has been created by data from Nasa’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Through incredible data fed back from telescopes, we can now see 200,000 trillion miles away.

Nasa’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, and other telescopes, have sent back images of the centre of the galaxy, 26,000 light years away.

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Watch the 360-degree video below and explore the beautiful sights at the centre of our galaxy. Click around the video to find out more, and if you have them, put on Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard headset to really immerse yourself in the wonders of the universe.

The Milky Way is the name of Earth’s home galaxy, and at its heart is a monster black hole, known as Sagittarius A*.

For some context, the black hole has the mass equivalent to four million suns.

Scientists are able to study the area through these telescopes and learn more about the black hole and its affect on nearby galaxies.


The visualisation created builds on infra-red data from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope.

When you click on the video, you are at the location of the black hole and you can see stars orbiting you along with stellar winds. The footage starts around 350 years in the past.

The results were first presented at the American Astronomical Society in Washington, DC.

(Images: NASA/CXC/Pontifical Catholic Univ. of Chile /C.Russell et al.)

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