cbsthismorningNASA is taking over our Instagram account all week! In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of @NASA’s #Chandra X-ray Observatory, we'll be posting newly processed images of #supernova remnants today.
In 1054 AD, Chinese #astronomers & others around the world noticed a new bright object in the sky. This “new #star” was, in fact, the supernova #explosion that created what is now called the #CrabNebula. At the center of the Crab Nebula is an extremely dense, rapidly rotating neutron star left behind by the explosion. The neutron star, also known as a pulsar, is spewing out a blizzard of high-energy particles, producing the expanding X-ray nebula seen by Chandra. In this new image, lower-energy X-rays from Chandra are red, medium energy X-rays are green, and the highest-energy X-rays are blue. #chandra15
Image Credit: #NASA
- kimberlykowalLovely to see this #Chandra15 @chandraxray
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