default | grid-3 | grid-2

Post per Page

NASA Dropped New Images of Our Universe That Straight-Up Look Fake



NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is a super powerful telescope named after the Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar. It has a history of delivering some incredible astronomical discoveries. It provided the first light image of supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. In the year 2000, high school students used data from the telescope to discover a neutron star in supernova remnant IC 443.

Image Credits: NASA/CXC/SAO, NASA/STScI, NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSC, ESO/NAOJ/NRAO, NRAO/AUI/NSF, NASA/CXC/SAO/PSU, and NASA/ESA

 

 

Now it's helped produce some dazzling images of galaxies, stars, planetary nebulae and supernova remnants.

 

At the risk of stating the obvious: Space is pretty wild.

 

To be clear, these images aren't necessarily representative of what can be seen with the human eye. They've been put together using data, not just from Chandra, but from multiple other sources. They take what NASA calls a "multiwavelength' approach, using data across multiple different spectra, from radio waves to gamma rays.

 

Let's go through them all.

 

M82

 

 


 

X-ray: NASA/CXC; Optical: NASA/STScI

 

Not to be confused with the sick French band M83, NASA says M82 is a galaxy that is "oriented edge-on to Earth".

 

Abell 2744

 

 


 

NASA/CXC; Optical: NASA/STScI

 

A galaxy cluster image using data from the Chandra and Hubble telescopes.

 

Supernova 1987A (SN 1987A)

 

 


 

Radio: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), P. Cigan and R. Indebetouw; NRAO/AUI/NSF, B. Saxton; X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/PSU/K. Frank et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI

 

Probably the wildest image of the lot. According to NASA this is an image of one of the "brightest supernova explosions in centuries".

 

Eta Carinae

 

 


 

NASA/CXC; Ultraviolet/Optical: NASA/STScI; Combined Image: NASA/ESA/N. Smith (University of Arizona), J. Morese (BoldlyGo Instituts) and A. Pagan

 

NASA describes Eta Carinae as "a volatile system containing two massive stars that closely orbit each other".

 

Cartwheel Galaxy

 

 


 

X-ray: NASA/CXC; Optical: NASA/STScI

 

When Fritz Zwicky discovered this galaxy in 1941, he said it was "one of the most complicated structures awaiting its explanation on the basis of stellar dynamics." It's 150,000 light years in diameter.

 

Helix Nebula

 

 


 

X-ray: NASA/CXC; Ultraviolet: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSC; Optical: NASA/STScI(M. Meixner)/ESA/NRAO(T.A. Rector); Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/K. Su

 

It looks like a giant eyeball, but the Helix Nebula is actually a star running out of fuel. Apparently this is what could happen to our sun in 5 billion years.

No comments

Error Page Image

Error Page Image

Oooops.... Could not find it!!!

The page you were looking for, could not be found. You may have typed the address incorrectly or you may have used an outdated link.

Go to Homepage