Chandra X-ray Observatory: Kepler's Supernova Remnant (close-up, X-ray data)

This image shows a section of the remains of Kepler's Supernova, the most recent exploding star to be seen in the Milky Way Galaxy. It was first observed 400 years ago when it was thought to be 'a new star'. In fact, it was the the gas and dust from an exploding star, rapidly expanding. These remnants have now reached a diameter of 14 light years wide and are still expanding at 4 million miles per hour.

This image was taken by the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Credit:

NASA, CXC and S. Holt (F.W. Olin College of Engineering)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0429k
Type:Observation
Release date:6 October 2004, 18:00
Size:570 x 712 px

About the Object

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

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
X-ray
High energy X-ray
Chandra
ACIS
X-ray
Medium energy X-ray
Chandra
ACIS
X-ray
Low energy X-ray
Chandra
ACIS
Infrared
Mid-IR
24 μm Chandra
ACIS

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