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August 29, 2006 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-30

Cassiopeia A - The Colorful Aftermath of a Violent Stellar Death

A Hubble Heritage Release

August 29, 2006: A new image taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope provides a detailed look at the tattered remains of a supernova explosion known as Cassiopeia A (Cas A). It is the youngest known remnant from a supernova explosion in the Milky Way. The new Hubble image shows the complex and intricate structure of the star's shattered fragments. The image is a composite made from 18 separate images taken in December 2004 using Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Acknowledgment: R. Fesen (Dartmouth College) and J. Long (ESA/Hubble)