Dissecting X-ray–Emitting Gas Around the Center of Our Galaxy

  title={Dissecting X-ray–Emitting Gas Around the Center of Our Galaxy},
  author={Q. Daniel Wang and Michael A. Nowak and Sera B. Markoff and Frederick K. Baganoff and S Nayakshin and Fenge Yuan and Jorge Cuadra and J. Davis and Jason Dexter and Andrew C. Fabian and Nicol'as F. Del Grosso and Daryl Haggard and John C. Houck and Li Ji and Z. Y. Li and Joey Neilsen and D. Porquet and F. Ripple and Roman V. Shcherbakov},
  pages={981 - 983}
The Galaxy Center in X-rays At the center of our Galaxy there is a black hole 4-million-fold more massive than the Sun. Wang et al. (p. 981; see the Perspective by Schnittman) report x-ray data on the accretion flow around this supermassive black hole, revealing how it interacts with its surroundings. The data rule out the possibility that the quiescent (that is, flare-free) x-rays observed are produced by coronal emission from a population of stars at the center of the Galaxy and also rule out… 

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