Supernova remnant N132D, X-ray image

Supernova remnant N132D, X-ray image

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Caption: Supernova remnant N132D. Chandra X-ray Observatory (CXO) image of the supernova remnant N132D, an expanding shell of gas and dust from the explosion of a massive star. This is a rare oxygen-rich type of supernova. The colours show the energy of the X-rays: low energy (red), intermediate energy (green) and high energy (blue). N132D is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud in the constellation of Dorado and is around 160,000 light years from Earth. The area seen here is around 135 light years across. This image was obtained in 2006, using the CXO's Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS).

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