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Old 01-05-2012, 10:14 AM   #1
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January 5, 2012 Celestial Pom-Pom



I am always amazed at the artistry of space.

This is the Tycho supernova remnant.

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The puffy cloud of debris is all that's left of a massive star that exploded some 13,000 light-years away. Light from the powerful blast reached Earth in 1572, making the object briefly visible to the naked eye, even during the day.

The new composite picture shows low-energy x-rays in red and high-energy x-rays in blue. It also reveals, for the first time, bright x-ray stripes—seen in white along the right edge of the remnant—supporting theories that supernovae are sources of high-speed particles known as cosmic rays.
(Find out why the Tycho remnant is also sometimes called a zombie star.)


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via National Geographic
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:33 AM   #2
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Wow. That's cool!
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:35 AM   #3
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That's really super, supernova!
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:49 AM   #4
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It's interesting that the light reached Earth in 1572, but the x-rays are just getting here now, or are still getting here.
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:25 AM   #5
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:38 AM   #6
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it's only a model
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:40 AM   #7
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:51 AM   #8
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welll.... let's not go there. tis a silly place.
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