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Telescope captures stunning X-ray view of the sky

Check out this intergalactic view!
Credit: Jeremy Sanders, Hermann Brunner and the eSASS team (MPE); Eugene Churazov, Marat Gilfanov (on behalf of IKI)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — You've never seen a view like this!

A telescope called the 'eROSITA X-ray' has completed its first full sweep of the sky, over the course of 182 days.

This is basically what the sky would look like if you had X-ray vision.

The map of the hot, energetic universe has more than one million objects. The first complete image is around four times deeper than the previous all-sky survey 30 years ago, according to the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany.

The telescope was launched on July 13, 2019 on-board the SRG spacecraft, and completed its first survey on June 11, 2020. It's in continuous scanning mode.

“This all-sky image completely changes the way we look at the energetic universe,” said Peter Predehl, the Principal Investigator. “We see such a wealth of detail - the beauty of the images is really stunning.”

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