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Crab Nebula, 2014 (NASA, Chandra, 07/22/14) | by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
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Crab Nebula, 2014 (NASA, Chandra, 07/22/14)

In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, four newly processed images of supernova remnants dramatically

 

illustrate Chandra’s unique ability to explore high-energy processes in the cosmos.

 

This image shows the famous Crab Nebula. In 1054 AD, Chinese astronomers and 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 Crab Nebula. 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.

 

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages the Chandra program for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The

 

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, controls Chandra's science and flight operations.

 

Read full article:

www.nasa.gov/chandra/news/chandra-15th-anniversary.html

 

Original caption/more images: www.nasa.gov/chandra/multimedia/chandra-15th-anniversary-...

 

Image credit: NASA/CXC/SAO

 

Read more about Chandra:

www.nasa.gov/chandra

 

p.s. You can see all of our Chandra photos in the Chandra Group in Flickr at: www.flickr.com/groups/chandranasa/ We'd love to have you as a member!

 

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