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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)
Podcasts: Neutron Stars/X-ray Binaries

Recent discoveries and updates of the Chandra mission in video and audio formats.

A Tour of IGR J11014-6103 (02-26-2014)
This object is a pulsar, the spinning dense core that remains after a massive star has exploded and collapsed.

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--  Runaway Pulsar Firing an Extraordinary Jet

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SGR 0418+5729 in 60 Seconds (05-23-2013)
A magnetar is a type of neutron star that occasionally generates bursts of X-rays.

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--  A Hidden Population of Exotic Neutron Stars
--  Tour of SGR 0418+5729

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47 Tucanae in 60 Seconds (03-07-2013)
Neutron stars are the ultra-dense cores that are often left behind after massive stars run out of fuel and collapse.

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--  Probing Extreme Matter Through Observations of Neutron Stars
--  Tour of 47 Tucanae

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Vela Pulsar in 60 Seconds (01-07-2013)
Unlike with some Hollywood films, a sequel of a movie from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is better than the first.

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--  New Chandra Movie Features Neutron Star Action
--  Tour of Vela Pulsar

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IGR J11014-6103 in 60 Seconds (06-28-2012)
A pulsar found racing away from a supernova remnant about 30,000 light years from Earth.

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--  Has the Speediest Pulsar Been Found?

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