N 63A: Chandra and Hubble

Chandra has imaged the glowing shell created by the destruction of a massive star. X-rays from Chandra (blue), combined with optical (green) and radio (red) data, reveal new details in the supernova remnant, LMC N 63A. The X-ray glow is from material heated to about ten million degrees Celsius by a shock wave generated by the supernova explosion. The age of the remnant is estimated to be in the range of 2,000 to 5,000 years.

Credit:

X-ray: NASA/CXC/Rutgers/J.Warren et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI/U. Ill/Y.Chu; Radio: ATCA/U. Ill/J.Dickel et al.

About the Image

Id:heic0507f
Type:Observation
Release date:7 June 2005, 15:00
Related releases:heic0507
Size:2400 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:DEM L 243, LHA 120-N 63A, SNR 0535-66.0
Type:• Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:150000 light years
Constellation:Dorado

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 43.71
Position (Dec):-66° 2' 8.95"
Field of view:1.84 x 1.84 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

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