Supernova Remnant

The Hubbell Telescope image of a supernova
remnant was released on June 5, 2005. It’s the remains of a star that exploded
in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a star forming region known for its chaotic and
violent nature.

Images of the remnants of a massive star that exploded in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), 160,000 light years from our Milky Way have just been released. The images taken October 8, 1997 and September 12, 2000 by the Hubble Telescope were released by NASA on June 5, 2005.

According to NASA, the star that exploded to create the supernova had fifty times the mass of our sun. The resulting supernova is estimated to be 2,000 to 5,000 years old. It is in a chaotic and violent neighborhood known for star formation and NASA says material extracted from the explosion will reach the star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud in a few million years and contribute to the birth of even more stars.

The Chandra X-ray Telescope has also imaged the supernova and scientists believe debris thrown out from the exploding star was heated to 10 million degrees Celsius by the shock wave from the exploding giant.

More images can be found here.

If you find this as fascinating as I do, check out the Hubble Heritage Gallery. It’s loaded with spectacular images and information written in terms that laypersons, such as I am, can understand. Just looking through these images is breath-taking to me. The Hubble has been a remarkable eye into the universe.

If you have children or grandchildren who are enamored with outer space, the Hubble Site has a fun section for kids. It includes a project to make a hand-held Hubble Telescope from 2-inch polyvinyl chloride (pvc) pipe, duct tape and poster board. A downloadable pdf file provides the blueprint and templates kids can use for measuring and assembling the pieces. It’s very inexpensive, compact and would make a great project for a parent and child, or grandparent and grandchild.

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