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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: Black Holes

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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Sgr A jet in 60 Seconds (12-05-2013)
Jets of high-energy particles are found throughout the Universe on large and small scales.

- Related Links:
--  New Evidence For A Jet From Milky Way's Black Hole

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M31 in 60 Seconds (06-18-2013)
Many consider Andromeda, also known as Messier 31, to be a sister galaxy to our own Milky Way.

- Related Links:
--  Black Hole Bonanza Turns up in Galaxy Next Door
--  Tour of M31

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Learn About Black Holes (12-27-2012)
If a star has three times or more the mass of the sun and collapses, it can form a black hole.

- Related Links:
--  Learn About Black Holes

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PKS 0745 in 60 Seconds (12-18-2012)
Some of the biggest black holes in the Universe may actually be even bigger than previously thought.

- Related Links:
--  From Super to Ultra: Just How Big Can Black Holes Get?
--  Tour of PKS 0745

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