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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.

SN 1006 in 60 Seconds (08-08-2008)
The brightest supernova ever recorded on Earth, this spectacular light show was documented in China, Japan, Europe, and the Arab world. It was brighter than Venus, and visible during the day for weeks.

- Related Links:
--  Liberating Star Stuff
--  Tour of SN 1006

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Centaurus A in 60 Seconds (07-24-2008)
There is nothing subtle about the black hole in the galaxy Centaurus A. First off, it's about 10 million times more massive than the sun, and Chandra's X-ray image shows it's not just sitting quietly as a bright point in the middle.

- Related Links:
--  Jet Power and Black Hole Assortment Revealed in New Chandra Image
--  Tour of Centaurus A

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NGC 4258 in 60 Seconds (07-11-2008)
A composite image of NGC 4258, about 25 million light-years from Earth, shows an X-shaped pattern when seen in different types of light.

- Related Links:
--  Mysterious Arms Revealed
--  Tour of NGC 4258

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G1.9+0.3 in 60 Seconds (06-30-2008)
About a hundred and forty years ago, the light from a supernova explosion in our galaxy reached the Earth, but no one saw it. The discovery of this supernova remnant helps astronomers better understand how often these stellar time-bombs go off in our galaxy.

- Related Links:
--   Discovery of Most Recent Supernova in Our Galaxy
--  Tour of G1.9+0.3

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3C321 in 60 Seconds (06-12-2008)
In 3C321, a jet from a black hole in one of the galaxies is pummeling its neighbor galaxy, the first time this type of galactic violence has ever been seen. The jet could bring big trouble for any planets in its path, but could also trigger a burst of star formation in its wake.

- Related Links:
--  Black Hole Fires at Neighboring Galaxy
--  What's in a Name?

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