Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Spectacular Star Explosion Aftershock Revealed in Photo

Supernova remnant W44 is the focus of this annotated image created by combining data from ESA’s Herschel and XMM-Newton space observatories. W44 is about 10,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Aquila, the Eagle. Image released Nov. 14, 2012.


A pair of European space telescopes have captured the aftershock of a devastating supernova —a snapshot in time of a star's explosive death.

The new supernova photo combines views by the European Space Agency's infrared Herschel Space Observatory and X-ray XMM-Newton X-ray space telescope to reveal W44, the remnant of an exploded star about 10,000 light-years from Earth.

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