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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: 2011

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

SXP 1062 in 60 Seconds (12-21-2011)
The Milky Way galaxy has several small satellite galaxies very close to it. One of them is called the Small Magellanic Cloud.

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--  Celestial Bauble Intrigues Astronomers
--  Tour of SXP 1062

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Abell 2052 in 60 Seconds (12-14-2011)
The galaxy cluster Abell 2052 is found some 480 million light years from Earth. At the center of Abell 2052 is a giant elliptical galaxy, and within that is a supermassive black hole.

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--  A Galaxy Cluster Gets Sloshed
--  Tour of Abell 2052

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Tarantula Nebula in 60 Seconds (12-09-2011)
30 Doradus is a place where stars are born literally. This region, which is also known as the Tarantula Nebula, is located about 160,000 light years from Earth.

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--  30 Doradus and The Growing Tarantula Within
--  Tour of Tarantula Nebula

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Cygnus X-1 in 60 Seconds (11-18-2011)
Over three decades ago, Stephen Hawking placed, and eventually lost, a bet against the existence of a black hole in Cygnus X-1.

- Related Links:
--  NASA's Chandra Adds to Black Hole Birth Announcement
--  Tour of Cygnus X-1

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RCW 86 in 60 Seconds (11-02-2011)
In 185 A.D., Chinese astronomers noted a "guest star" that mysteriously appeared in the sky and stayed for about 8 months.

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--  All Eyes on Oldest Recorded Supernova
--  Tour of RCW 86

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CID 1711 and CID 3083 in 60 Seconds (10-26-2011)
Astronomers have recently completed a large survey of the sky using some of the powerful telescopes both on the ground and in space.

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--  Close Encounters of the Galactic Kind
--  Tour of CID 1711 and CID 3083

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G299.2-2.9 in 60 Seconds (10-13-2011)
G299.2-2.9 is an intriguing supernova remnant found about 16,000 light years away in the Milky Way galaxy.

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--  A Middle-Aged Supernova Remnant
--  Tour of G299.2-2.9

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NGC 281 in 60 Seconds (09-30-2011)
High-mass stars are important because they are responsible for much of the energy pumped into a galaxy over its lifetime.

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--  Living the High Life
--  Tour of NGC 281

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CoRoT-2A in 60 Seconds (09-13-2011)
In recent years, astronomers have found hundreds of planets orbiting stars other than our Sun.

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--  Star Blasts Planet With X-rays
--  Tour of CoRoT-2A

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NGC 3393 in 60 Seconds (08-31-2011)
Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered the first pair of supermassive black holes in a spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way.

- Related Links:
--  NASA's Chandra Finds Nearest Pair of Supermassive Black Holes
--  Tour of NGC 3393

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