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.

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

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