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  • April 29, 2010

    Episode 273: Making a Supernova Remnant

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    When a massive star explodes, it leaves behind glowing traces called supernova remnants. Many have been studied, but it is not completely clear how much material comes off the exploding star, and how it is distributed outward. A combination of X-ray observations from Chandra Space Telescope and infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope allowed astronomers to see the supernova mechanism in action.