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View the center of the Milky Way from the actual center of the Milky Way!  Viewed over 1.1M times on YouTube and Facebook.

This 360-degree video puts you at the location of Sagittarius A* (abbr Sgr A*), our galaxy's supermassive black hole (SMBH), which weighs in at around 4 million suns!  From this immersive perspective, you see orbiting stars (white and twinkling), stellar winds (black/red/yellow color scale), and inspiralling/tidally stretching clumps of material (yellow blobs) making their way towards Sgr A*.

After a quick zoom in, the first minute shows a simulation where Sgr A* is in a calm state.  The most visually appealing aspect is the in-spiraling and accreting clumps.  After a brief rewind (complete with VCR-esque distortion for dramatic effect), the video shows a SMBH-outflow simulation.  This means Sgr A* is actually ejecting material, and so all the accretion stops.  When the outburst is done (signified by no more haze), the remaining video is much darker, which shows that the outburst cleared out a lot of material from the vicinity of Sgr A*.  The final aspect is a zoom out (I don't want to leave you stuck at the Galactic center -- folks on Earth - or the International Space Station - might miss you!).

Whether or not the simulation has an outburst has a strong effect on the level of X-ray emission -- see here for more details on how we use these simulations to model X-ray observations from the Chandra X-ray Observatory: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017MNRAS.464.4958R

Press Release video from 231st American Astronomical Society (AAS) Meeting -- see the release here: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/chandra/news/scientists-take-viewers-to-the-center-of-the-milky-way.html
and here: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2018/gcenter360/
The official video on Chandra X-ray Telescope's page ( https://youtu.be/YKzxmeABbkU ) has over 343K views!  Add in the views of NASA's Facebook and IFLScience's Facebook and it has been seen more than 1.1M times!

Credit: NASA/Chandra X-ray Center/Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile/Christopher M. P. Russell (@chrastropher)

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