This image combines data from four different space telescopes to create a multi-wavelength view of all that remains of the oldest documented example of…Read More »
a supernova, called RCW 86. The Chinese witnessed the event in 185 A.D., documenting a mysterious "guest star" that remained in the sky for eight months. Less «
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Close Type Ia Supernova PTF 11kly
Credit: Peter Nugent and the Palomar Transient Factory
The arrow marks PTF 11kly in images taken on the Palomar 48-inch telescope over the nights of, from left to right, Aug. 22, 23 and 24. The supernova wasn't…Read More »
there Aug. 22, was discovered Aug. 23, and brightened considerably by Aug. 24. Less «
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X-ray Stripes in Tycho Supernova
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Rutgers/K.Eriksen et al.; Optical: DSS
This image comes from a very deep Chandra observation of the Tycho supernova remnant. Low-energy X-rays (red) in the image show expanding debris from the…Read More »
supernova explosion and high energy X-rays (blue) show the blast wave, a shell of extremely energetic electrons. These high-energy X-rays show a pattern of X-ray "stripes" never previously seen in a supernova remant. Less «
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Mock Supernova Created by Supercomputer
Credit: Hongfeng Yu
This astrophysics simulation seeks to discover the mechanism behind core-collapse supernovae, or the violent death of short-lived, massive stars. The image…Read More »
shows entropy values in the core of the supernova, different colors and transparencies assigned to different values of entropy. By selectively adjusting the color and transparency, the scientist can peel away outer layers and see values in the interior of the 3-D volume. Less «
This image presents a composite of X-rays from Chandra (red, green, and blue) and optical data from Hubble (gold) of Cassiopeia A, the remains of a massive…Read More »
star that exploded in a supernova. Inset: A cutout of the interior of the neutron star, where densities increase from the crust (orange) to the core (red) and finally to the region where the "superfluid" exists (inner red ball). Less «
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Evidence Found for Youngest Black Hole Ever Seen
Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO/D.Patnaude et al, Optical: ESO/VLT, Infrared: NASA/JPL/Caltech [Full Story]
This composite image shows a supernova within the galaxy M100 that may contain the youngest known black hole in our cosmic neighborhood. The black hole…Read More »
would be about 30 years old and was born from the supernova SN1976C. Less «
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Distant Star Explosion Chokes on Its Own Dust
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt
While searching the skies for black holes using the Spitzer Space Telescope Deep Wide Field Survey, Ohio State University astronomers discovered a giant…Read More »
supernova that was smothered in its own dust. In this artist's rendering, an outer shell of gas and dust — which erupted from the star hundreds of years ago — obscures the supernova within. This event in a distant galaxy hints at one possible future for the brightest star system in our own Milky Way. Less «
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Supernova Shrapnel Discovered Inside Meteorite
Credit: NASA/ESA/R. Sankrit and W. Blair (Johns Hopkins University)
This false-color image of Kepler’s supernova remnant combines data taken in X-rays (Chandra X-ray Observatory), visible light (Hubble Space Telescope)…Read More »
and infrared radiation (Spitzer Space Telescope). Nicolas Dauphas, from the University of Chicago, and his colleagues have been analyzing meteorites for the microscopic remnants of a supernova that exploded approximately 4.5 billion years ago. Less «
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Astronomers Find Supernova First Spotted 2,000 Years Ago
Credit: Chandra: NASA/CXC/University of Utrecht/J.Vink et al. XMM-Newton: ESA/University of Utrecht/J.Vink et al.
The combined image from the Chandra and XMM-Newton X-ray observatories of RCW 86 shows the expanding ring of debris created after a supernova.
An infrared image of the portion of the Small Magellanic Cloud containing supernova remnant E0102, plus a composite X-ray, optical and infrared image of E0102.
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Mystery Object Found in Supernova's Heart
Credit: ESA, XMM-Newton, De Luca et al.
This image shows the aftermath of a 2,000-year-old star explosion. In the heart of the central blue dot in this image, smaller than a pinpoint, likely…Read More »
lies a neutron star only about 20 kilometers across. The nature of this object is like nothing detected before. Less «
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Hidden Star Explains Supernova Oddity
Credit: Gemini South GMOS.S. Ryder/T. Rector.
The supernova SN 2001ig (inset) sits in the outer fringes of the galaxy NGC 7424, seen here in an image taken by the Gemini South Telescope in the constellation Grus.
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New Life in Dead Star: Supernova 'Changing Right Before Our Eyes'
This image of SN 1987A combines data from NASA's orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory and the 8-meter Gemini South infrared telescope in Chile. The X-ray…Read More »
light detected by Chandra is colored blue. The infrared light detected by Gemini South is shown as green and red. The ring is produced by hot gas (largely the X-ray light) and cold dust (largely the infrared light) from the exploded star interacting with the interstellar region. Less «
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/T.Temim et al.; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech
A new image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Spitzer Space Telescope shows the dusty remains of a collapsed star. The composite image of G54.1+0.3…Read More »
shows X-rays from Chandra in blue, and data from Spitzer in green (shorter wavelength infrared) and red-yellow (longer wavelength infrared). Scientists think that a pulsar (the white source in the center) is sending off a wind that is heating up remnant supernova dust. Less «
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Star Remnants Retain 'Memory' of Explosions
Credit: NASA/CXC/UCSC/L. Lopez et al.
The shapes of supernova leftovers can tell scientists the origin of this explosion, with Type 1a supernova from thermonuclear explosions leaving behind…Read More »
symmetric remnants (right). And supernova created when a massive star collapses tend to leave behind asymmetrical remnants (left). Less «
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On 10th Birthday, Chandra Spies Stellar Explosion
Credit: NASA/CXC/MIT/D.Dewey et al. & NASA/CXC/SAO/J.DePasquale)
This composite image of X-ray and optical data shows the remnant of supernova 1E 0102.2-7219, about 190,000 light-years away in the Small Magellanic Cloud.
A composite image of the SN 1006 supernova remnant, which is located about 7,100 light-years from Earth. Image released on Sept. 26, 2012.
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Supernova 1987A in Large Magellanic Cloud
Credit: The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA)
This stunning space image reveals Supernova 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Glittering stars and wisps of gas create a backdrop for the self-destruction of a massive star.
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Remains of Star Supernova SNR 0519
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA. Acknowledgement: Claude Cornen
These delicate wisps of gas make up an object known as SNR B0519-69.0, or SNR 0519 for short.
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Supernova Sand Grains
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ O. Krause (Steward Observatory)
In 2007 NASA’s Spitzer space telescope found the infrared signature of silica (sand) in the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. The light from this exploding…Read More »
star first reached Earth in the 1600s. The cyan dot just off center is all that remains of the star that exploded. Less «
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Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A
Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) / Acknowledgment: R. Fesen (Dartmouth) and J. Morse (Univ. of Colorado)
This stunning space image shows the youngest-known supernova remnant in our galaxy, which lies 10,000 light years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.…Read More »
The light from this exploding star first reached Earth in the 1600s. Less «
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Supernova Remnant IC 443
Credit: NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collaboration, NOAO/AURA/NSF, JPL-Caltech/UCLA
This multiwavelength composite shows the supernova remnant IC 443, also known as the Jellyfish Nebula. Fermi GeV gamma-ray emission is shown in magenta,…Read More »
optical wavelengths as yellow, and infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission is shown as blue (3.4 microns), cyan (4.6 microns), green (12 microns) and red (22 microns). Cyan loops indicate where the remnant is interacting with a dense cloud of interstellar gas. Less «