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Fraser
2003-Oct-15, 04:24 PM
SUMMARY: A new composite/optical image taken by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory shows a portion of the Crescent Nebula, a gaseous shell surrounding the massive star HD 192163. Early on in its life, the massive star expanded to become a red giant, and then compacted down again and began emitting an intense stellar wind that pushed material away at 4.8 million kph. We see the nebula from Earth because the wind is heating up the shell of material the star left when it was a red giant. The massive star is only 4.5 million years old, but itís already nearing death; astronomers believe it will explode as a supernova within 100,000 years.


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Matthew
2003-Oct-16, 09:47 AM
I won't be alive to see the supernova! Damn!

Its a good photo though.