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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.

Tycho in 60 Seconds (03-24-2011)
Over four hundred years ago, the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe studied the explosion of a star that later became known as Tycho's supernova.

- Related Links:
--  Exploding Stars and Stripes
--  Tour of Tycho

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A Tour of SN 1979C (11-15-2010)
The youngest known black hole in our cosmic neighborhood may have been found using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes.

- Related Links:
--  NASA's Chandra Finds Youngest Nearby Black Hole

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G327.1-1.1 in 60 Seconds (10-08-2010)
G327.1-1.1 is the aftermath of a massive star that exploded as a supernova in the Milky Way galaxy.

- Related Links:
--  Pushing the Envelope
--  Tour of G327.1-1.1

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N49 in 60 Seconds (06-04-2010)
This beautiful image shows N49, which is the aftermath of a supernova explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

- Related Links:
--  Stellar Shrapnel Seen in Aftermath of Explosion
--  Tour of N49

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G54.1+0.3 in 60 Seconds (04-26-2010)
Data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope were combined to create this image of the dusty remains of a collapsed star.

- Related Links:
--  Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust
--  Tour of G54.1+0.3

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