In the center of the Milky Way, a source accelerates galactic cosmic rays to unequalled energies  
©H.E.S.S. collaboration

Detailed analysis of the data collected by the H.E.S.S. Observatory in Namibia has made it possible to locate a source of cosmic radiation at energies never before observed in our Galaxy: the supermassive black hole located in its centre. H.E.S.S, to which the CNRS and the CEA contribute, has been indirectly detecting cosmic radiation for over ten years and has mapped the central regions of our Galaxy with very high energy gamma rays. The identification of this extraordinary source is published on March 16, 2016 in Nature.

Click here to read the press release in French on the CEA website 

E. Lemaitre, 2016-03-16 00:00:00


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