View Full Version : How Supernova Shockwaves Change a Nebula's Shape

2006-Feb-16, 04:32 AM
SUMMARY: When NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory took this photograph of the supernova remnant Puppis A, it revealed a how a cloud of nebula is being torn apart by the shockwave from the supernova explosion. The oval structure of the cloud with an empty region inside, closely matches experimental simulations done here on Earth, where a shockwave blasts past a cloud of vapourized copper. The cloud briefly compresses, and then rapidly expands leaving a cavity inside.

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