This massive repository of space porn will devour your afternoonS

NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory is famous for retrieving some truly remarkable images of the Universe. Now, the observatory has launched an interactive, all-sky visualization that puts 14 years' worth of imagery of the cosmos right at your fingertips.

Above: "RCW 86: All Eyes on Oldest Recorded Supernova," released October 26, 2011

This massive repository of space porn will devour your afternoon

You'll need to head over to the Chandra page to try it out yourself, but the animation above gives you an idea of what you'll be getting yourself into. Just move your cursor over one of the circles in the visualization and gorgeous space porn, gleaned from the related press-release, springs into view. From there, you can click through to see the image in high res and read more about it.

Fair warning: it's easy to get lost playing with this thing. The applet has tons of custom filters, enabling you to search for exoplanets, galaxies, nebulae and stars at positions throughout the universe, across 14 years of announcements. It's a positively massive repository of space porn, and it'll suck you in. Below are some examples of the treasures that await you, but you'll want to go play around for yourself over at Chandra.

This massive repository of space porn will devour your afternoonS

Cepheus B: Trigger-Happy Star Formation

This massive repository of space porn will devour your afternoonS

NGC 6872: Galaxy Collision Switches on Black Hole

This massive repository of space porn will devour your afternoonS

Tycho's Supernova Remnant: NASA'S Chandra Finds New Evidence on Origin of Supernovas

This massive repository of space porn will devour your afternoonS

M101: A Pinwheel in Many Colors

For more awesome space-visualizations, see here and here.

[Chandra X-Ray Observatory]