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G21.5-0.9 Animations
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Animation of a Supernova Explosion
Quicktime MPEG When a massive star explodes, it creates a shell of hot gas that glows brightly in X-rays that reveal the dynamics of the explosion. Scientists believe the star that produced the shell seen in G21.5-0.9 was about 20 times as massive as the Sun. Astronomers also deduce that the supernova exploded a few thousand years ago.
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(Animation: CXC/A.Hobart)
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Field Guide: Supernovas & Supernova Remnants

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