NASA agency Chandra X-ray Observatory It is a powerful telescope named after the Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Subrahmanian Chandrasekhar. It has a history of making some amazing astronomical discoveries. It provided the first optical image of the remnant of Cassiopeia A. In 2000, high school students used data from the telescope to spot a neutron star in the remains of a supernova. IC 443.
It has now helped produce some impressive images of galaxies, stars, planetary nebulae, and supernova remnants.
At the risk of clarifying the obvious: Space is so brutal.
To illustrate, these images do not necessarily represent what can be seen with the human eye. It was put together using data, not just from Chandra, but from multiple other sources. They are taking what NASA calls a “multiple wavelength” approach, using data across multiple different spectra, from radio waves to gamma rays.
Let’s go through them all.
Not to be confused with the ailing French M83 squad, NASA says M82 is a galaxy “directed at the edge of the Earth.”
Image combining galaxies using data from the Chandra and Hubble telescopes.
Supernova 1987A (SN 1987A)
Perhaps the wildest picture in the group. According to NASA, this is an image of one of the “brightest supernova explosions in centuries.”
NASA describes ETA Karina as “a volatile system containing two massive stars orbiting in close proximity.”
When Fritz Zwicky discovered this galaxy in 1941, he said it was “one of the most complex structures awaiting interpretation on the basis of stellar dynamics.” Its diameter is 150 thousand light years.
The Helix Nebula
It looks like a giant eyeball, but the Helix Nebula is actually a star that’s running out of fuel. This is clearly what could happen to our sun in 5 billion years.