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More Images of RCW 86

Chandra & XMM X-ray images of RCW 86
This Chandra X-ray image shows three massive star clusters, the Images from the Chandra (left) and XMM-Newton (right) X-ray observatories of RCW 86 shows the expanding ring of debris that was created after a massive star in the Milky Way collapsed onto itself and exploded. Both the Chandra and XMM images show low energy X-rays in red, medium energies in green and high energies in blue. The Chandra observations focused on the northeast (left-hand) side of RCW 86, and show that X-ray radiation is produced both by high-energy electrons accelerated in a magnetic field (blue) as well as heat from the blast itself (red).
Scale: Chandra field of view is 38 arcmin across.
(Credit: Chandra: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Utrecht/J.Vink et al. XMM-Newton: ESA/Univ. of Utrecht/J.Vink et al.)

RCW 86 with Scale Bar

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