Supernova remnants

Supernova remnants

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Credit: J-P METSAVAINIO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Supernova remnants Sharpless 223 (bottom) and 224 (top). When a large star dies, gas shells explode outwards and collide with interstellar material. The energy of the collision ionises the gas, causing it to glow. They lie in the constellation Auriga. Different colours represent different ionised gases; sulphur is red, hydrogen is green and oxygen is blue.

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Keywords: astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, auriga, false colour, gas shell, hst-palette, hubble palette, remnants, sharpless 223, sharpless 224, shells, snr, snrs, space, star birth, star death, starbirth, stellar formation, supernova remnant, telescope

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