New Photos from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory

September 24 and 28, 1999 Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama ­ This week NASA released new photographs from its Chandra X-Ray Observatory launched in July 1999. One surprising image is in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy 190,000 light years from earth. It's the aftermath of a supernova, a sun that blew itself apart, which looks like a wheel with spokes. The "wheel" is forty light years in diameter.

Chandra X-Ray Observatory photograph of supernova remnant in the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy 190,000 light years from earth, released by NASA on September 20, 1999.
Chandra X-Ray Observatory photograph of supernova remnant in the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy 190,000 light years from earth, released by NASA on September 20, 1999.


 

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