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X-ray Astronomy Field Guide: Supernovas & Supernova Remnants
Chandra Images by Category: Supernovas & Supernova Remnants

-X-ray sources produced by the violent explosions of massive stars.

22 Jul 14
The remnant of a supernova observed in the year 1181 AD
22 Jul 14
This Chandra image of Tycho reveals the dynamics of the explosion in exquisite detail.
22 Jul 14
The neutron star, also known as a pulsar, is spewing out a blizzard of high-energy particles.
22 Jul 14
A supernova remnant in the Milky Way galaxy
10 Apr 14
A supernova remnant about 24,000 light years from Earth.
20 Mar 14
A supernova remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud about 160,000 light years from Earth.
18 Feb 14
A pulsar moving at supersonic speeds about 23,000 light years from Earth.
15 Nov 13
A supernova remnant located about 10,000 light years from Earth
28 Oct 13
An assortment of images from Chandra's public repository.
28 Oct 13
An assortment of images from Chandra’s public repository.
28 Oct 13
An assortment of images from Chandra’s public repository.
28 Oct 13
An assortment of images from Chandra’s public repository.
26 Jun 13
A supernova remnant in the Milky Way located about 28,000 light years from Earth
17 Apr 13
A supernova remnant whose progenitor explosion was seen from Earth over a thousand years ago.
18 Mar 13
A long Chandra observation gives clues about the origin of the Kepler SNR.
15 Mar 13
A newly discovered supernova remnant by Swift in the Milky Way is among the youngest known.
13 Feb 13
A highly distorted supernova remnant, produced by a rare type of explosion.
11 Sep 12
The debris from a supernova observed in 1604.
28 Jun 12
A pulsar found racing away from a supernova remnant about 30,000 light years from Earth.
15 May 12
A supernova found in the galaxy UGC 5189A about 160 million light years from Earth.
29 Mar 12
A new study of a SNR indicates that the original massive star may have turned inside out in the explosion.
01 Feb 12
A supernova remnant located about 14,700 light years from Earth toward the center of the Milky Way
20 Dec 11
A pulsar found within a supernova remnant in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC)
26 Oct 11
A supernova remnant about 8,000 light years away.
12 Oct 11
A supernova remnant located about 16,000 light years from Earth.
11 May 11
A supernova explosion in the Milky Way observed on Earth in the year 1054.
26 Apr 11
A SNR named after the Danish astronomer who observed it in 1572.
24 Mar 11
A supernova remnant in the Milky Way about 13,000 light years from Earth.
23 Feb 11
A supernova remnant about 11,000 light years away.
14 Dec 10
A supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which lies about 160,000 light years from Earth.
15 Nov 10
A supernova that was seen to explode in 1979 from Earth, found in the galaxy M100.
05 Oct 10
A supernova remnant in the Milky Way galaxy.
24 May 10
A supernova remnant located in the Large Magellenic Cloud
29 Mar 10
A supernova remnant about 20,000 light years from Earth.
17 Dec 09
Supernova remnants representing two different types of supernova explosions.
17 Dec 09
Supernova remnants representing two different types of supernova explosions.
23 Nov 09
The remnants of a star that exploded and that appeared in Earth's sky almost a thousand years ago.
04 Nov 09
A supernova remnant in the Milky Way with a neutron star at its center.
23 Jul 09
Officially known as 1E0102.2-7129, a supernova remnant in the Small Magellanic Cloud.
26 Jun 09
A supernova remnant in the Milky Way, about 8,200 light years from Earth.
09 Jun 09
A supernova remnant located in the Small Magellanic Cloud, about 190,000 light years from Earth.
03 Apr 09
A 1700-year-old pulsar and its nebula, located about 17,000 light years from Earth.
18 Feb 09
The hot, expanding debris of a supernova observed in 1572.
06 Jan 09
The supernova remnant that was Chandra's "First Light" has been observed over time.
06 Jan 09
A multiwavelength three-dimensional (3-D) reconstruction of a supernova remnant has been created.
05 Nov 08
A supernova remnant and pulsar located 6,000 light years from Earth.
25 Sep 08
A supernova in Circinus galaxy about 12 million light years away.
01 Jul 08
A supernova remnant about 7,000 light years from Earth.
02 Jun 08
A supernova remnant in the Milky Way thought to be between 35,000 and 150,000 years old.
21 May 08
Chandra X-ray image of the region around SN 2008D, about 10 days after the supernova explosion.
14 May 08
The most recent supernova in our Galaxy, discovered by tracking the rapid expansion of its remains.
20 Mar 08
A supernova remnant with a light echo in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
12 Mar 08
A supernova remnant, about 3,000 years old, in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
21 Feb 08
A supernova remnant located almost 20,000 light years from Earth.
13 Feb 08
A supernova that appeared in the galaxy NGC 1404 in late 2007.
28 Nov 07
A neutron star created when a massive star exploded about 3,700 years ago.
23 Oct 07
A young supernova remnant 20,000 light years from Earth, in the constellation Centaurus.
30 Aug 07
200,000 light years away, the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is one of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbors.
08 Aug 07
This stellar explosion may have been witnessed by ancient astronomers.
08 Aug 07
This stellar explosion may have been witnessed by ancient astronomers.
07 Jul 07
The aftermath of a cosmic explosion which occurred 10,000 light years from Earth.
13 Jun 07
A supernova located in the Large Magellanic Cloud about 160,000 light years from Earth.
22 May 07
Also known as M31 and the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way.
07 May 07
A supernova in the galaxy NGC 1260, about 238 million light years away.
04 Apr 07
In a galaxy far, far away, a massive star suffered a nasty double whammy.
22 Feb 07
February 24, 2007 marks the 20th anniversary of the first observation of Supernova 1987A.
30 Jan 07
The remains of a massive star that exploded.
09 Jan 07
A supernova remnant believed to be created when a star exploded over 400 years ago.
04 Jan 07
DEM L238 and DEM L249 are two supernova remnants in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
29 Nov 06
This is a composite image of N49, the brightest supernova remnant in optical light in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
15 Nov 06
A supernova remnant believed to be the remains of a massive star that exploded over 300 years ago.
24 Oct 06
A supernova remnant and pulsar located 6000 light years from Earth in the constellation of Taurus.
18 Sep 06
A supernova remnant 8,200 light years away.
03 Jul 06
The remains of a supernova in the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy.
03 Jul 06
The remains of a supernova in the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy.
03 Jul 06
The remains of a supernova in the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy.
03 Jul 06
The remains of a supernova in the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy.
01 Jun 06
A neutron star located in a supernova remnant
15 Feb 06
A supernova remnant about 7,000 light years from Earth
15 Dec 05
A supernova remnant about 7,000 light years from Earth.
29 Nov 05
The Chandra inset shows SN 1970G, a supernova that was observed to occur in the galaxy M101 35 years ago.
15 Nov 05
Two supernova remnants in the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy.
04 Oct 05
A glowing horseshoe-shaped cloud of hot gas against a backdrop of thousands of stars.
05 Sep 05
The hot, expanding debris of a supernova observed in 1572.
17 Aug 05
New details about the fiery ring surrounding the stellar explosion that produced Supernova 1987A.
13 Jun 05
The remnant of a supernova 10,000 light years from Earth.
19 Apr 05
A supernova remnant about 20,000 light years from Earth.
14 Dec 04
A supernova remnant 10,000 light years from Earth.
06 Oct 04
The remains of a supernova first seen in 1604.
23 Aug 04
The remnant of a supernova 10,000 light years from Earth.
02 Jun 04
A barrel-shaped supernova remnant about 35,000 light years from Earth.
20 Apr 04
A massive star explosion 160,000 light years away.
24 Mar 04
The remains of an exploded star reveal large concentrations of magnesium.
19 Dec 03
Supernova remnant N63A, located in the nearby galaxy of the Large Magellanic Cloud.
26 May 03
A supernova remnant in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy about 190,000 light years from Earth.
12 Mar 03
The remains of a supernova explosion that destroyed a white dwarf star.
19 Sep 02
The remnant of a supernova located 6000 light years from Earth in the constellation Taurus.
06 Sep 02
The remains of a supernova about 7,500 light years from Earth.
19 Aug 02
320 year old remnant of a massive star that exploded in the constellation Cassiopeia.
25 Jun 02
A distant supernova remnant with a bright ring of high-energy particles and a central point-like source.
22 May 02
A supernova remnant located in the Large Magellanic Cloud about 160,000 light years from Earth.
10 Apr 02
A supernova remnant with a central pulsar about 10,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia.
22 Oct 01
A young, oxygen-rich supernova remnant with a pulsar at its center surrounded by outflowing material.
06 Sep 01
The remnant of a supernova in the constellation Cassiopeia.
06 Sep 01
A neutron star located about 19,000 light years away in the constellation Circinus.
01 Feb 01
Supernova remnant Sagittarius A East.
10 Jan 01
A supernova remnant with a central pulsar, located in the constellation of Sagittarius.
11 Dec 00
A supernova remnant with a newly discovered neutron star 5,000 light years from Earth.
27 Jun 00
Elements mapped in Cas A SNR.
11 May 00
X-ray image of a young supernova shock wave.
10 Apr 00
X-ray,optical,radio composite image of a supernova remnant.
14 Jan 00
A supernova remnant in the constellation Tucana.
21 Dec 99
A supernova remnant in the constellation Cassiopeia.
14 Dec 99
A supernova detected in a spiral galaxy 25 million light years from Earth.
28 Sep 99
A supernova remnant and pulsar in the constellation Taurus.
20 Sep 99
A supernova remnant in the constellation Tucana.
20 Sep 99
A pulsar and supernova remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
20 Sep 99
A supernova remnant in the constellation Scutum.
01 Sep 99
The remnant of an exploded star in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
26 Aug 99
The remnant of a star that exploded about 300 years ago in the constellation Cassiopeia.