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Hubble, Chandra reveal a nova of many colors

April 13, 2000 Web posted at: 12:18 PM EDT (1618 GMT)

(CNN) -- Images from different telescopes -- including NASA's two premier space observatories -- have been combined to create a multifaceted view of a supernova remnant, astronomers said this week.

The remnant, named E0102-72, is the aftermath of a star that exploded in a nearby galaxy known as the Small Magellanic Cloud.

The galaxy is about 190,000 light years from Earth, so the remnant is seen as it was about 190,000 years ago, around a thousand years after the explosion occurred, astronomers with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said in a statement.

The image is a composite of a radio data from the Australia Telescope Compact Array (red); optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope (green); and X-ray data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue).

The star exploded outward at speeds in excess of 20 million km/h (12 million mph) and collided with surrounding gas. The collision produced the cosmic equivalent of two sonic booms, one traveling outward, and the other rebounding back into the material ejected by the explosion, astronomers said.

The radio waves, the product of extremely high energy electrons spiraling around magnetic field lines in the gas, trace the outward moving shock wave.

The Chandra X-ray image, shown in blue, reveals gas that has been heated to millions of degrees Celsius by the rebounding, or reverse, shock wave. The X-ray data show that this gas is rich in oxygen and neon. These elements were created by nuclear reactions inside the star and hurled into space by the supernova, astronomers said.

The Hubble Space Telescope optical image shows dense clumps of oxygen gas that have "cooled" to about 30,000 degree Celsius. Images such as these, taken with different types of telescopes, give astronomers a much more complete picture of supernova explosions, astronomers said.

Such data could enable them to map how the elements necessary for life are dispersed or measure the energy of the matter as it expands into the galaxy.

-- Hawk (flyin@high.again), April 13, 2000


Gee Hawk, this is one of the rare times I have ever seen you post using content that was related to a relevant topic! Congratulations, I actually agree with you. Life never ceases to amaze me. :-) Hell of a great picture!

-- Sifting (through@the.rubble), April 13, 2000.

Awesome Pic Hawk! Thanks for sharing.

-- karla (, April 13, 2000.

Look closely. You will see the image of Satan!

-- (devil@red.dress), April 13, 2000.


Thanks for this. I appreciate your time and trouble. Quite an awsome sight.

-- Richard (, April 13, 2000.

Very funny you little devil. :-)

Is that like the glass half full, glass half empty thing? I see God, you see Satan? Lol!

-- Hawk (flyin@high.again), April 13, 2000.

You should of seen Hawks pics of the beheadings in Indonesia!

-- swampthing (in@the.swamp), April 13, 2000.

looks like the inside of the doomsday machine in the original star trek.

-- Spock! (Fascinating@intriging.sir), April 13, 2000.

Nice pic Hawk! Hey, thats two good threads in a row from you!

-- FactFinder (, April 13, 2000.

FF, two? Which was the other good one?

-- Hawk (flyin@high.again), April 13, 2000.

The one with gerbil pictures?

-- Uncle Deedah (, April 13, 2000.


Way cool,I had saw another pic but it was one dimensional,mucho better.Thanks

-- capnfun (, April 13, 2000.

Thanks, Hawk!

As Mr. Spock would say, "Fascinating..."

Out of destruction, comes creation. Out of creation, comes beauty and rebirth.

-- Spindoc' (, April 14, 2000.

Hawk, the previous good post of yours I was thinking of was the one one linking to King's new novel:

-- FactFinder (, April 16, 2000.

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