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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: Quasars & Active Galaxies

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

Tour of RX J1131-1231 (03-21-2014)
Astronomers have directly measured the spin of a supermassive black hole in a quasar that is located 6 billion light years away.

- Related Links:
--  Chandra & XMM-Newton Provide Direct Measurement of Distant Black Hole,s Spin

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A New Look at an Old Friend (02-12-2014)
This galaxy, at a distance of about 12 million light years from Earth, contains a gargantuan jet blasting away from a central supermassive black hole.

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--  A New Look at an Old Friend

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4C+29.30 in 60 Seconds (05-15-2013)
Astronomers think that just about every galaxy contains a giant, or supermassive, black hole at their center.

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--  Black Hole Powered Jets Plow Into Galaxy
--  Tour of 4C+29.30

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GB 1428+4217 in 60 Seconds (11-29-2012)
The most distant jet in X-ray light has been discovered using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

- Related Links:
--  Record-Setting X-ray Jet Discovered
--  Tour of GB 1428+4217

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NGC 4178 in 60 Seconds (10-25-2012)
A supermassive black hole with one of the lowest masses ever observed has been spotted in the middle of a galaxy, using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and several other observatories.

- Related Links:
--  Revealing a Mini-Supermassive Black Hole
--  Tour of NGC 4178

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