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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: 2008

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

G292.01+8 in 60 Seconds (12-22-2008)
This image shows how complex a star's afterlife can be.

- Related Links:
--  Stellar Forensics with Striking Image from Chandra
--  Tour of G292.0+1.8

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M84 in 60 Seconds (12-12-2008)
M84 is a massive elliptical galaxy located about 55 million light years from Earth in the Virgo Cluster.

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--  Huge Russian Dolls Surrounding a Galaxy
--  Tour of M84

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M87 in 60 Seconds (11-25-2008)
M87 is a giant elliptical galaxy. At a distance of about 60 million light-years from Earth, M87 is the largest galaxy in the Virgo cluster of some 2,000 galaxies.

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--  A Nearby Galaxy Metropolis
--  Tour of M87

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Abell 1689 in 60 Seconds (11-14-2008)
Abell 1689 is a massive cluster of galaxies located about 2.3 billion light-years away.

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--  A Galaxy Cluster Makes Its Mark
--  Tour of Abell 1689

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SN1996cr in 60 Seconds (10-31-2008)
In 1995 or 1996 a supernova exploded in a nearby galaxy, but no one on Earth knew it at the time.

- Related Links:
--  Powerful Nearby Supernova Caught By Web
--  Tour of SN1996cr

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RCW 108 in 60 Seconds (10-16-2008)
RCW 108 is a region where stars are actively forming about 4,000 light-years from Earth.

- Related Links:
--   Massive Young Stars Trigger Stellar Birth
--  Tour of RCW 108

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Perseus A in 60 Seconds (10-02-2008)
The giant galaxy, Perseus A, which is also known as NGC 1275, is a well-known source of strong radio radiation.

- Related Links:
--  A Monster Galaxy at the Heart of Perseus Cluster
--  Tour of Perseus A

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Cat's Eye Nebula in 60 Seconds Plus (09-19-2008)
This composite of data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope is another look for NGC 6543, better known as the Cat's Eye nebula.

- Related Links:
--  The Cat's Eye Nebula Redux
--  Tour of Cat's Eye Nebula

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Macs J0025.4-1222 in 60 Seconds Plus (09-04-2008)
Two galaxy clusters, each a quadrillion times the mass of the Sun, collided to form the system formally known as Macs J0025.4-1222.

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--  MACS J0025.4-1222
--  Tour of Macs J0025.4-1222

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M81 in 60 Seconds (08-21-2008)
This image of the mammoth spiral galaxy M81, located about 12 million light years away, contains data from four different NASA satellites.

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--  Black Holes Have Simple Feeding Habits
--  Tour of M81

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