Supernova remnant RCW 103, X-ray image

Supernova remnant RCW 103, X-ray image

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Credit: NASA/CXC/G. GARMIRE ET AL, PENN STATE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Supernova remnant RCW 103, X-ray image. This cloud of gas and dust is expanding outwards from a neutron star (blue, centre), which is the remnants of a star that exploded about 2000 years ago. This type of massive explosion is called a supernova, and the resulting cloud of gas and dust is a supernova remnant. Here, the X-ray energy of the expanding cloud and neutron star is shown, with red, green and blue corresponding to low, medium and high-energy X-rays. RCW 103 is around 10,000 light years from Earth, in the constellation of Norma. The X-ray observations were made by the space-based Chandra X-ray Observatory (CXO). Image published in 2007.

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