Sunday, April 13, 2014

Supernova Remnant G352.7-0.1

G352.7-0.1: A supernova remnant about 24,000 light years from Earth.

Supernova remnants are created when a massive star explodes and its remains are hurled into space. Astronomers have found a supernova remnant that it is sweeping up a remarkable amount of material -- equivalent to 45 times the mass of the Sun – as it expands. This supernova remnant is called G352.7-0.1 and is seen in this composite image containing X-rays from Chandra (blue), radio waves from the VLA (pink), infrared data from Spitzer (orange), and optical data from the DSS (white).

Scale: Image is about 14.5 arcmin across (1000 light years).

Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Morehead State Univ/T.Pannuti et al.; Optical: DSS; Infrared: NASA/JPLCaltech; Radio: NRAO/VLA/Argentinian Institute of Radioastronomy/G.Dubner

Note: For more information, see G352.7-0.1: Supernova Cleans Up its Surroundings.

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