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Cassiopeia A November 18, 2005

Posted by jtintle in Spitzer Space Telescope (SST), Cassiopeia A, Chandra X-ray Observatory, Deep Space, Hubble Telescope, NASA, Space Fotos.

Cassiopeia A

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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This stunning picture of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (Cas A) is a composite of images taken by three of NASA’s Great Observatories. Infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope are colored red; optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope are yellow; and X-ray data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory are green and blue.

Cas A is the 300-year-old remnant created by the supernova explosion of a massive star. Each Great Observatory image highlights different characteristics of the remnant. Spitzer reveals warm dust in the outer shell with temperatures of about 10 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit), and Hubble sees the delicate filamentary structures of warmer gases about 10,000 degrees Celsius. Chandra shows hot gases at about 10 million degrees Celsius. This hot gas was created when ejected material from the supernova smashed into surrounding gas and dust at speeds of about ten million miles per hour.

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