Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Morehead State Univ/T.Pannuti et al, Optical: DSS

Happy November! We thought we’d celebrate the second-to-last month of the year with this cool supernova remnant. Called G266.2-1.2, this object is located about 3,262 light-years away from our home rock (in the Vela constellation).

 

This image – along with 8 others – was recently unveiled by NASA for the first time; in honor of American Archive Month. Not too much information was given with this never-before-seen region, but we don’t need a lot of information to see how spectacular it is.

 

The image IS known, however, to be a composite image made using data collected by Chandra (X-rays can seen in purple) and optical data from the Digitized Sky Survey (seen in red, green, and blue). The image reveals some very high-energy particles that were produced in the supernova event that occurred over a millennium ago.

 

 


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