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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.

CID-42 in 60 Seconds (06-04-2012)
At the center of a galaxy some 4 billion light years from Earth, something extraordinary is happening. This galaxy, known as CID-42, contains a giant black hole.

- Related Links:
--  Giant Black Hole Kicked Out of Home Galaxy
--  Tour of CID-42

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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.

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

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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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VV 340 in 60 Seconds (08-11-2011)
VV 340, also known as Arp 302, is a textbook example of colliding galaxies seen in the very early stages of their interaction.

- Related Links:
--  A Cosmic Exclamation Point
--  Tour of VV340

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Super-volcano M87 in 60 Seconds (09-03-2010)
This composite image from NASAs Chandra X-ray Observatory with radio data from the Very Large Array shows a cosmic volcano being driven by a black hole in the center of the M87 galaxy.

- Related Links:
--  Galactic Super-volcano in Action
--  Tour of Super-volcano M87

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