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News Release 412 of 953

June 7, 2005 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-15

Supernova Remnant Menagerie

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Image: Chandra 3-Color X-ray Image of N 63A

Chandra 3-Color X-ray Image of N 63A

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Chandra's image of N63A shows material heated to about ten million degrees Celsius by a shock wave generated by the supernova explosion. The fluffy crescent-shaped X-ray features that appear around the edge of the remnant are thought to be fragments of high-speed matter shot out from the star when it exploded, like shrapnel from a bomb. The colors red, green and blue in the image correspond to low, medium and high-energy X-rays, respectively. The image is 112 arcsec per side.

Object Name: LMC N 63A

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA/CXC/Rutgers/J.Warren et al.

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