October 13, 2017

Supernova Remnant G292.0+1.8

Supernova Remnant G292.0+1.8

At a distance of about 20,000 light years, G292.0+1.8 is one of only three supernova remnants in the Milky Way known to contain large amounts of oxygen. These oxygen-rich supernovas are of great interest to astronomers because they are one of the primary sources of the heavy elements (that is, everything other than hydrogen and helium) necessary to form planets and people. The X-ray image from Chandra shows a rapidly expanding, intricately structured, debris field that contains, along with oxygen (yellow and orange), other elements such as magnesium (green) and silicon and sulfur (blue) that were forged in the star before it exploded.

Image Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO
Explanation from: https://www.nasa.gov/chandra/multimedia/chandra-15th-anniversary-g292.html

1 comment:

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