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1. Black Holes
Black Holes (def.): A dense, compact object whose gravitational pull is so strong that - within a certain distance of it - nothing can escape, not even light.
(Credit: NASA/CXC/A.Jubett)

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2. Supernovas
Supernova (def.): Explosive death of a star, caused by the sudden onset of nuclear burning in a white dwarf star, or gravitational collapse of the core of massive star followed by a shock wave that disrupts the star.
(Credit: NASA/CXC/A.Jubett)

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3. Cas A: Supernova Remnant in 3D
This visualization of Cassiopeia A shows that there are two main components to this supernova remnant: a spherical component in the outer parts of the remnant and a flattened (disk-like) component in the inner region.
(Credit: NASA/CXC/A.Jubett)

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4. SN 2006gy: An Exploding Star
The extremely massive star shed some of its outer layers in a large eruption prior to its violent collapse. The explosion then plows into the expelled cooler gas, creating a brilliant light show.
(Credit: NASA/CXC/A.Jubett)

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5. Black Hole Merger
This gif shows a merger of two galaxies that forms a single galaxy with two centrally located supermassive black holes surrounded by disks of hot gas. The black holes orbit each other for hundreds of millions of years before they merge to form a single supermassive black hole that sends out intense gravitational waves.
(Credit: NASA/CXC/A.Jubett)

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6. Chandra Spacecraft
On July 23, 1999, the Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Chandra is one of NASA's four "Great Observatories," along with the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory.
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