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News Release 438 of 960

October 6, 2004 12:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-29

NASA's Great Observatories May Unravel 400-Year Old Supernova Mystery

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Image: Keplerís Supernova Remnant: Views from Chandra, Hubble, and Spitzer

Keplerís Supernova Remnant: Views from Chandra, Hubble, and SpitzerSTScI-PRC2004-29b

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ABOUT THIS IMAGE:

These images represent views of Kepler's supernova remnant taken in X-rays, visible light, and infrared radiation.

Each top panel shows the entire remnant. Each color in this image represents a different region of the electromagnetic spectrum, from X-rays to infrared light. The X-ray and infrared data cannot be seen with the human eye. Astronomers have color-coded those data so they can be seen in these images.

The bottom panels are close-up views of the remnant. The region seen in these images is outlined in the top row of pictures. In the bottom, center image, Hubble sees fine details in the brightest, densest areas of gas.

The images indicate that the bubble of gas that makes up the supernova remnant appears different in various types of light. Chandra reveals the hottest gas [colored blue and colored green], which radiates in X-rays. The blue color represents the higher-energy gas; the green, the lower-energy gas. Hubble shows the brightest, densest gas [colored yellow], which appears in visible light. Spitzer unveils heated dust [colored red], which radiates in infrared light.

Object Names: Kepler's Supernova Remnant, SN 1604, V 843 Ophiuchi, G004.5+06.8

Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration

Credit: NASA, ESA, R. Sankrit and W. Blair (Johns Hopkins University)

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The above montage includes these images:

Chandra X-ray Observatory: Kepler's Supernova Remnant (X-ray data) Image Type: Astronomical Chandra X-ray Observatory: Kepler's Supernova Remnant (X-ray data) Visible Light Image of Kepler's Supernova Remnant Image Type: Astronomical Visible Light Image of Kepler's Supernova Remnant Spitzer Space Telescope: Kepler's Supernova Remnant (infrared data) Image Type: Astronomical Spitzer Space Telescope: Kepler's Supernova Remnant (infrared data) Chandra X-ray Observatory: Kepler's Supernova Remnant (close-up, X-ray data) Image Type: Astronomical Chandra X-ray Observatory: Kepler's Supernova Remnant (close-up, X-ray data) Close-Up Visible Light Image of Kepler's Supernova Remnant Image Type: Astronomical Close-Up Visible Light Image of Kepler's Supernova Remnant Spitzer Space Telescope: Kepler's Supernova Remnant (close-up, infrared data) Image Type: Astronomical Spitzer Space Telescope: Kepler's Supernova Remnant (close-up, infrared data)

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