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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: 2010

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

Aesthetics and Astronomy (12-10-2010)
Every year, hundreds of astronomical images are released to the general public by the many telescopes on the ground and in space.


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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.

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--  NASA's Chandra Finds Youngest Nearby Black Hole

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A Tour of GOODS (10-14-2010)
The most powerful telescopes on the ground and in space have joined forces over the last decade in a unique observing campaign, known as GOODS, which reaches across the spectrum and deep back into cosmic time.


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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.

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--  Pushing the Envelope
--  Tour of G327.1-1.1

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Rosette Nebula in 60 Seconds (09-17-2010)
This spectacular image shows the Rosette star formation region, which is located about 5,000 light years from Earth.

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--  The Heart of a Rose
--  Tour of Rosette Nebula

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Super-volcano M87 in 60 Seconds (09-03-2010)
This composite image from NASAs Chandra X-ray Observatory with radio data from the Very Large Array shows a cosmic volcano being driven by a black hole in the center of the M87 galaxy.

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--  Galactic Super-volcano in Action
--  Tour of Super-volcano M87

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CH Cyg in 60 Seconds (08-20-2010)
Deep within this optical image lies an intriguing system known as CH Cyg. CH Cyg is a binary star system containing a white dwarf that feeds from the wind of a red giant star.

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--  A Close-up View of Codependent Stellar Living
--  Tour of CH Cyg

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A GPS System for Cosmic Images (08-16-2010)
The Chandra X-ray Observatory captures information about the high-energy Universe. Chandra data is inherently digital. As the methods to communicate digitally have advanced, so too have the efforts to keep Chandra engaged with the public.

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--  Image Genetics: Astronomy Visualization Metadata (AVM)

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Antennae in 60 Seconds (08-06-2010)
This beautiful new image shows two colliding galaxies as seen by NASA's Great Observatories.

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--  A Galactic Spectacle
--  Tour of Antennae

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NGC 7793 in 60 Seconds (07-26-2010)
This composite image shows the nearby galaxy NGC 7793 that contains a powerful microquasar in its outskirts.

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--   Black Hole Blows Big Bubble
--  Tour of NGC 7793

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