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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: 2013

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

Space Scoop: The Big Explosion No One Saw (12-19-2013)
About once or twice every 100 years, a gigantic nuclear bomb detonates in our Galaxy.

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--  The Big Explosion No One Saw

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Space Scoop: Beautiful But Deadly (12-13-2013)
It seems that there is a twist in nature: the more beautiful something is, the more deadly it also might be.

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Space Scoop: The Mysterious Afterlife of Stellar Giants (12-10-2013)
Neutron stars are the ultra-dense cores left behind after a massive star reaches the end of its life and explodes.

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--  The Mysterious Afterlife of Stellar Giants

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Sgr A jet in 60 Seconds (12-05-2013)
Jets of high-energy particles are found throughout the Universe on large and small scales.

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--  New Evidence For A Jet From Milky Way's Black Hole

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Smithsonian X 3D Explorer (11-26-2013)
One of the most famous objects in the sky - the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant - is now on display like never before.

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--  Exploring the Third Dimension of Cassiopeia A

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Space Scoop: A Study in Supernovas (11-22-2013)
Astronomers have to be good at solving puzzles by piecing together clues and evidence.

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--  A Study in Supernovas

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Space Scoop: A Colossal Cosmic Crash (11-14-2013)
In this picture, a galactic collision is taking place between the grand spiral galaxy and the tiny dwarf galaxy that you can see to its left.

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--  A Colossal Cosmic Crash

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Space Scoop: Growth of the Coma Colossus (11-04-2013)
This picture shows the very large, very distant and very gassy Coma Cluster.

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--  Growth of the Coma Colossus

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Chandra Archive 2013 in 60 Seconds (10-31-2013)
The Chandra Data Archive plays a central role in the mission by enabling the astronomical community access to data collected by the observatory.

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--  Preserving the Legacy of the X-ray Universe

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Space Scoop: Did Somebody Call the Ghostbusters? (10-17-2013)
This spooky new image shows a massive star in its afterlife. You could say it's a 'ghost star'.

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--  Did Somebody Call the Ghostbusters?

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