Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Young Supernova

Super Nova 140 Years YOUNG!

Credit: X-ray (NASA/CXC/NCSU/S.Reynolds et al.); Radio (NSF/NRAO/VLA/Cambridge/D.Green et al.)

A composite image of G1.9+0.3 with data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory taken in 2007, orange, and the Very Large Array in 1985, blue.

Finally, we got the defining proof that earlier observations were correct. In the center of our galaxy The Milky Way a super nova explosion took place merely 140 years ago. This is the youngest super nova ever observed.

It can be hard to picture what a super nova looks like. Here are a few animations that might help. :-)

1. Chandra's close up using a combination of the three series of images collected over the years.
2. Chandra's super nova in Milky Way perspective placing the event relative to the rest of our galaxy.
3. New Scientists series of images of super novas starting with the recent g1.9 in our galaxy. Let the cursor stay on each image to read about the individual super nova.

I've found some awesome animations etc for you. Stay tuned and you'll find updates...:-)

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