Description: This Chandra image shows a region of the Rosette Nebula. Massive young stars in the central regions of the Nebula produce strong winds that slam into cooler gas. These collisions create a cloud of 6 million degree Celsius gas - visible as diffuse emission in the right image - that contributes to heating the Nebula and interstellar gas. The red and blue sources indicate individual stars producing X-rays. The blue sources are newly formed stars where the low energy X-rays are absorbed by surrounding gas and dust.
Creator/Photographer: Chandra X-ray Observatory
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, which was launched and deployed by Space Shuttle Columbia on July 23, 1999, is the most sophisticated X-ray observatory built to date. The mirrors on Chandra are the largest, most precisely shaped and aligned, and smoothest mirrors ever constructed. Chandra is helping scientists better understand the hot, turbulent regions of space and answer fundamental questions about origin, evolution, and destiny of the Universe. The images Chandra makes are twenty-five times sharper than the best previous X-ray telescope. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages the Chandra program for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory controls Chandra science and flight operations from the Chandra X-ray Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Medium: Chandra telescope x-ray
Repository: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Gift line: NASA/Penn State/L.Townsley et al.
Accession number: rosette