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Smooth X-rays Fill the Milky Way's Disk

Science  10 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5532, pp. 1030-1031
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5532.1030b

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X-rays from the plane of our galaxy have exposed a hot spine of energy sizzling among the stars. But astrophysicists are mystified by blurs that point to processes they don't yet understand. According to a report published online this week by Science (, new telescopes trained on the region haven't spotted any obvious x-ray sources speckling the ridge that could account for the radiation.