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A Tour of The Big, Bad & Beautiful Universe with Chandra
A Tour of The Big, Bad & Beautiful Universe with Chandra
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, we have released four new images of supernova remnants. These show Chandra's ability to study the remains of supernova explosions, using images that are the sharpest available in X-ray astronomy. The images of the Tycho and G292.0+1.8 supernova remnants show how Chandra can trace the expanding debris of an exploded star. The images show shock waves, similar to sonic booms from a supersonic plane, that travel through space at speeds of millions of miles per hour. The images of the Crab Nebula and 3C58 show the effects of very dense, rapidly spinning neutron stars created when a massive star explodes. These neutron stars can create clouds of high-energy particles that glow brightly in X-rays. The image for G292 shows oxygen (yellow and orange), and other elements such as magnesium (green) and silicon and sulfur (blue) that were forged in the star before it exploded. For the other images, the lower energy X-rays are shown in red and green and the highest energy X-rays are shown in blue. (2014-07-22)
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Space Scoop: A Field Trip to Star School (04-25-2014)
When astronomers want to study young stars, this cluster - called Cygnus OB2 - is one of the first places they look.

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--  A Field Trip to Star School

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Space Scoop: Sweeping Supernovas (04-16-2014)
This space photograph shows a supernova remnant that is sweeping up a remarkable amount of material.

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--  Sweeping Supernovas Clean Up The Cosmos

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Pillars of Erosion (04-08-2014)
Erosion is what happens when some sort of force wears down an object.

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--  The Pillars of Erosion

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A Tour of DEM L241 (03-31-2014)
When a massive star runs out fuel, it collapses and explodes as a supernova.

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--  Hardy Star Survives Supernova Blast

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Tour of RX J1131-1231 (03-21-2014)
Astronomers have directly measured the spin of a supermassive black hole in a quasar that is located 6 billion light years away.

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--  Chandra & XMM-Newton Provide Direct Measurement of Distant Black Hole,s Spin

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