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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: Supernovas & Supernova Remnants

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

W49B in 60 Seconds (02-14-2013)
The supernova remnant known as W49B is, let's say, a bit unorthodox looking. Many supernova remnants appear rather spherical in shape.

- Related Links:
--  Rare Explosion May Have Created Our Galaxy's Youngest Black Hole
--  Tour of W49B

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Learn About Supernovas (01-03-2013)
Supernovas are some of the most dramatic events in the cosmos. These titanic events send shockwaves rumbling through space and create giant bubbles of gas that have been superheated to millions of degrees.

- Related Links:
--  Learn About Supernovas & Supernova Remnants

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IGR J11014-6103 in 60 Seconds (06-28-2012)
A pulsar found racing away from a supernova remnant about 30,000 light years from Earth.

- Related Links:
--  Has the Speediest Pulsar Been Found?

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SN 2010jl in 60 Seconds (05-17-2012)
Why are some supernovas much more powerful than others? Astronomers are still trying to figure that out, but one new discovery may help answer the question.

- Related Links:
--  A Supernova Cocoon Breakthrough
--  Tour of SN 2010jl

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G350.1-0.3 in 60 Seconds (02-01-2012)
G350.1+0.3 is a young and exceptionally bright supernova remnant located nearly 15,000 light years from Earth toward the center of the Milky Way.

- Related Links:
--  Remnant of an Explosion With a Powerful Kick?
--  Tour of G350.1-0.3

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