Thursday, August 12, 2010

INTEGRAL Completes The Deepest All-Sky Survey In Hard X-Rays

This image shows a map of the Galactic Bulge region, reconstructed from data collected over seven years, from 2003 to 2010, with IBIS/ISGRI on board INTEGRAL, and covering the 17-60 keV energy band. The overlaid green contours are isophotes of the 4.9 micron surface brightness of the Galaxy as seen by COBE/DIRBE, revealing the bulge/disc structure of the inner galaxy.

The near-infrared brightness of the Galaxy traces also the hard X-ray Galactic Ridge emission.

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