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October 6, 2004 12:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-29

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


Video: Supernova Explosion

Artist's Concept Running Time: 19 seconds

This animation of a supernova explosion demonstrates what happens when a massive star explodes and creates a shell of hot gas that glows brightly in X-rays. These X-rays reveal the dynamics of the explosion.

Animation Credit: NASA and A. Hobart (CXO)

Selected still images from this video (click to enlarge):

Release Videos

Chandra X-ray Observatory Running Time: 36 seconds
Hubble Space Telescope Running Time: 12 seconds
Spitzer Space Telescope Running Time: 42 seconds
Zoom-In to Keplerís Supernova Remnant Running Time: 21 seconds
Supernova Explosion Running Time: 19 seconds