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I am a semi-retired psychotherapist/psychiatric social worker and certified hypnotherapist. Originally a practicing attorney, I changed careers during the 1980's. My interests include history, constitutional law, Hindustani classical music, yoga, meditation and spirituality.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Supernova Remnant Puppis A

Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/IAFE/G. Dubner et al., ESA/XMM-Newton
Infrared: NASA/ESA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC/R. Arendt et al.
Explanation: Driven by the explosion of a massive star, supernova remnant Puppis A is blasting into the surrounding interstellar medium about 7,000 light-years away. At that distance,this remarkable false-color exploration of its complex expansion is about 180 light-years wide. It is based on the mostcomplete X-ray dataset so far from the Chandra and XMM/Newton observations, and infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope. In blue hues, the filamentary X-ray glow is from gas heated by the supernova'sshock wave, while the infrared emission shown in red and green is from warm dust. The bright pastel tones trace the regions where shocked gas and warmed dust mingle. Light from the initial supernova itself, triggered by the collapse of the massivestar's core, would have reached Earth about 3,700 years ago, though the Puppis A supernova remnant remains a strong source inthe X-ray sky.

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