aug 112013
Anne's Image of the Day: Supernova Remnant RCW 86

August 11, 2013 Supernova remnant RCW 86 or SN 185 Image Credit: NASA/ESA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/CXC/SAO RCW 86 (also known as SN 185) is a supernova remnant of some 85 light-years across, located about 9,100 light-years away from Earth between the southern constellations of Circinus (the Compass) and Centaurus (the Centaur), near the direction of Alpha Centauri. It is most [continue reading]

jul 202013
Anne's Image of the Day: Supernova Remnant G306.3-0.9

July 20, 2013 G306.3-0.9, a supernova remnant in Centaurus Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Michigan/M. Reynolds et al; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Radio: CSIRO/ATNF/ATCA G306.3-0.9 (named after the coordinates of its sky position) is a faint supernova remnant of about 25 light-years across, located some 26,000 light-years from Earth in the southern constellation of Centaurus. The explosion’s [continue reading]

jun 282013
Anne's Picture of the Day: Star Cluster NGC 2060

June 28, 2013 NGC 2060, a star cluster and supernova remnant in the LMC Image Credit: ESO NGC 2060 is an open star cluster, located about 170,000 light-years away close to the center of the Tarantula Nebula, a vast star-forming cloud of gas and dust in our neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, in the [continue reading]

apr 292013
Anne's Picture of the Day: Supernova Remnant G350.1-0.3

April 29, 2013 G350.1-0.3, a supernova remnant in Scorpius Image Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO/I. Lovchinsky et al. G350.1-0.3 is a very bright supernova remnant of just about 8 light-years across, located some 14,700 light-years away from Earth toward the center of the Milky Way in the constellation of Scorpius. It is associated with the neutron star XMMU [continue reading]

mrt 172013
A New, Very Young Supernova Remnant Found

  While performing an extensive X-ray survey of our galaxy’s central regions, NASA’s Swift satellite has uncovered the previously unknown remains of a shattered star. Designated G306.3-0.9 after the coordinates of its sky position, the new object ranks among the youngest-known supernova remnants in our Milky Way galaxy. This composite of supernova remnant G306.3–0.9 merges [continue reading]

feb 162013
Rare Explosion Created the Milky Way's Youngest Black Hole

  New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest a highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. The remnant appears to be the product of a rare explosion in which matter is ejected at high speeds along the poles of a rotating star. W49B is a [continue reading]