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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: Groups & Clusters of Galaxies

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

Super-volcano M87 in 60 Seconds (09-03-2010)
This composite image from NASAs Chandra X-ray Observatory with radio data from the Very Large Array shows a cosmic volcano being driven by a black hole in the center of the M87 galaxy.

- Related Links:
--  Galactic Super-volcano in Action
--  Tour of Super-volcano M87

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Abell 3376 in 60 Seconds (05-10-2010)
This composite image of the galaxy cluster Abell 3376 shows X-ray data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the ROSAT telescope along with an optical image from the Digitized Sky Survey and radio emission observed by the Very Large Array.

- Related Links:
--  Einstein's Theory Fights off Challengers
--  Tour of Abell 3376

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ESO 137 in 60 Seconds (03-10-2010)
Two spectacular tails of X-ray emission have been seen trailing behind a galaxy known as ESO 137.

- Related Links:
--  Two Tails to Tell
--  Tour of ESO 137

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NGC 1399 in 60 Seconds (02-04-2010)
Evidence from Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Magellan telescopes in Chile suggest that a star has been torn apart by an intermediate-mass black hole.

- Related Links:
--  Massive Black Hole Implicated in Stellar Destruction
--  Tour of NGC 1399

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JKCS041 in 60 Seconds (10-26-2009)
The most distant galaxy cluster yet has been found some 10.2 billion light-years from Earth.

- Related Links:
--  Galaxy Cluster Smashes Distance Record
--  Tour of JKCS041

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