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Chandra's ongoing mission is to study the X-ray Universe. Operated for NASA by Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Legal:
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Right Chandra is peering into the heart of the Nebula at the Trapezium — a cluster of some of the most massive stars in the entire nebula. Located about 1,500 light years from Earth, these glittering illuminate much of the surrounding nebula.
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Chandra Observatory Apr 1
NGC 602 is located about 180,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Hydrus.
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Kim Kowal Arcand Apr 1
✨25 years ago today! The iconic Pillars of Creation (Eagle Nebula, M16) was released from on April 1, 1995. ~7,000 light years from Earth, the gas & dust created new stars, while being eroded by the light from recently formed nearby stars. 1/n
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Chandra Observatory Mar 31
: Scientists use Chandra, , and to find the likely perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a of an elusive class known as "intermediate-mass," which betrayed its existence by tearing apart a wayward star that passed too close.
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NASA Universe Mar 30
Magnetar? 🧲Occultation? 🙈When you’re talking about astrophysics, sometimes it can seem like a whole new language! Join us daily as we go through the alphabet and break down some of the terms that our scientists use everyday to explore and describe our universe. 🌌
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Chandra Observatory Mar 30
Replying to @stieneismydog
Nothing that enters a black hole (passes beyond its event horizon) can escape. This includes visible light, X-rays, other forms of electromagnetic radiation, and particles.
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Chandra Observatory Mar 30
Replying to @chandraxray
(2/2) The Cygnus A jets extend outward more than 300,000 light years in each direction. Jets like these can significantly affect how a galaxy and its surroundings evolve. This multiwavelength image is a combination of X-ray, radio, and optical light.
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Chandra Observatory Mar 30
A supermassive at the center of the Cygnus A galaxy is rapidly growing as it pulls material swirling around it into its grasp. During this process, some material is redirected away from the black hole in the form of jets of particles & electromagnetic energy. (1/2)
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Chandra Observatory Mar 27
Right Chandra is gazing into the Eyes Galaxies in Virgo. About 50 million light years from Earth, the galaxies are separated by over 100,000 light years. Observations indicate that the galaxies bumped into each other in the recent past, ~100 million years prior to this view.
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Chandra Observatory Mar 26
Replying to @covertress
Betelgeuse will eventually explode as a supernova... sometime in the next several thousand years! 😁🍿🍿
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Chandra Observatory Mar 26
Replying to @grempz
Here are a two annotated images of the same field of view with different wavelengths of light: and 😁
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Chandra Observatory Mar 26
About 1,500 light years away, the Nebula is one of the nearest star-forming regions to Earth. The feathery & filaments are clouds of gas & dust that will one day condense into disks of material from which future will be born.
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megwatzke Mar 26
What's a pulsar? It's the dense, rotating core left behind after a giant star collapses. This is the Vela pulsar, which rotates faster than a helicopter rotor and shoots out jets about 70% the speed of light that sees.
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Chandra Observatory Mar 25
Planetary nebula, BD+30-3639: A bubble of multimillion-degree gas surrounds a dying, Sun-like star located about 5,000 light years from Earth. The distance across the bubble is roughly 100 times the diameter of our .
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Chandra Observatory Mar 25
NASA has selected 24 young scientists to pursue independent research across NASA astrophysics, using theory, observation, experimentation, or instrument development. More:
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Chandra Observatory Mar 24
Chandra is studying an object in the constellation . Nearby in the sky are NGC 678 and NGC 680, a pair of galaxies separated by roughly 200,000 light years. The gravitational influence of spiral galaxy NGC 678 has distorted its elliptical next-door neighbor, NGC 680.
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Chandra Observatory Mar 23
Replying to @chandraxray
Want to know more about this faded electron cloud "coming back to life," much like the mythical ? Visit:
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Chandra Observatory Mar 23
A "radio phoenix" emerged when one cluster of galaxies slammed into another, sending shock waves through the system. The shock waves passed through a dormant cloud of , compressing the cloud & re-energizing the electrons, causing the cloud to shine once again in radio.
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megwatzke Mar 22
Space break! This is M51, also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy. It's a spiral, like the Milky Way we live in. We can't get an image like this from our galaxy without a *really* long selfie stick so we study galaxies like M51 as a substitute.
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Chandra Observatory Mar 20
Right Chandra is studying in Cygnus. Stars come in different sizes and masses. Our Sun is an average-sized star that will have a lifespan of around 10 billion years. More massive stars, like those found here in Cygnus OB2, only last a few million years.
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