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X-ray Vision Reveals the Insides of Stars
X-ray Vision Reveals the Insides of Stars
Each of these four fabulous photographs shows the remains of an exploded star - called a supernova remnant. (2014-07-23)
Podcasts: Supernovas & Supernova Remnants

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

A Tour of The Big, Bad & Beautiful Universe with Chandra (07-22-2014)
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.

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--  To celebrate the 15th anniversary of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, we have released four new images of supernova remnants.

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A Tour of IGR J11014-6103 (02-26-2014)
This object is a pulsar, the spinning dense core that remains after a massive star has exploded and collapsed.

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--  Runaway Pulsar Firing an Extraordinary Jet

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Smithsonian X 3D Explorer (11-26-2013)
One of the most famous objects in the sky - the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant - is now on display like never before.

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--  Exploring the Third Dimension of Cassiopeia A

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SN1006 In 60 Seconds (04-22-2013)
The new Chandra data provide new details about SN 1006.

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--  X-Ray View of A Thousand-Year-Old Cosmic Tapestry
--  Tour of SN 1006

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Kepler Supernova Remnant in 60 Seconds (03-20-2013)
Over 400 years ago, Johannes Kepler and many others witnessed the appearance of a new "star" in the sky.

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--  Famous Supernova Reveals Clues About Crucial Cosmic Distance Markers
--  Tour of Kepler's Supernova Remnant

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