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Animations & Video: Supernovas & Supernova Remnants
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1. Animation of a Massive Star Explosion
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When a massive star explodes, it creates a shell of hot gas that glows brightly in X-rays. This animation shows this process and depicts the stellar debris that Chandra is able to observe, revealing the dynamics of the explosion.
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(Animation: NASA/CXC/A.Hobart)

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2. RCW 86 Zoom Animation
QuicktimeMPEG Recent observations have uncovered evidence that helps to confirm the identification of the remains of one of the earliest stellar explosions recorded by humans. The new study, using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and European Space Agency's XMM-Newton Observatory, shows that the supernova remnant RCW 86 is likely a supernova observed by Chinese astronomers in 185 A.D.
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(Chandra: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Utrecht/J.Vink et al. XMM-Newton: ESA/Univ. of Utrecht/J.Vink et al.)

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3. Animation and Composite Image of Crab Nebula
QuicktimeMPEG This sequence begins with an artist's animation of the explosion that produced the Crab Nebula, now an expanding debris field of extremely high-energy particles created from the death of a massive star. The view then fades into an image of the Crab composed of data from Chandra (light blue), Hubble (green and dark blue), and Spitzer (red).
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(Animation: ESA/Hubble/M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen Image: X-ray: NASA/CXC/ASU/J.Hester et al.; Optical: NASA/ESA/ASU/J.Hester & A.Loll; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. Minn./R.Gehrz)

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