View Full Version : Chandra Reveals a Supernova's Power

2005-Sep-11, 04:48 AM
SUMMARY: The latest image released from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory shows the monstrous power of a supernova. The image is of SNR 0540-69.3, a remnant of a supernova that blew up 160,000 light-years away. The centre of the image is the rapidly rotating neutron star, which spins 20 times/second, and generates the same amount of energy as 30,000 Suns. The supernova is believed to have exploded within a cloud of gas, so this created a super hot shell of material that surrounds the object, which blazes in the X-ray spectrum.

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