NASA's Great Observatories Provide a Detailed View of Kepler's Supernova Remnant

NASA's three Great Observatories - the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory - joined forces to probe the expanding remains of a supernova, called Kepler's supernova remnant, first seen 400 years ago by sky watchers, including famous astronomer Johannes Kepler.

The combined image unveils a bubble-shaped shroud of gas and dust that is 14 light-years wide and is expanding at 4 million miles per hour (2,000 kilometers per second). Observations from each telescope highlight distinct features of the supernova remnant, a fast-moving shell of iron-rich material from the exploded star, surrounded by an expanding shock wave that is sweeping up interstellar gas and dust.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, R. Sankrit and W. Blair (Johns Hopkins University)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0429a
Type:Observation
Release date:6 October 2004, 18:00
Size:2400 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:Kepler's SN
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:13000 light years

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