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A fourth-century supernova

1 month ago   |   By Astronomy Now

Image: NASA/ESA/J. Banovetz and D. Milisavljevic .
These delicate yet fast-moving filaments of gas belong to a supernova remnant designated as 1E 0102.2-7219, which resulted from the destruction of a massive star long ago in the Small Magellanic Cloud, 200,000 light years away. This Hubble Space Telescope image is shown in false colour, the blue indicating strands of gas moving towards us, and red signifying material moving away from us on the other side of the explosion. These strands and filaments are expanding at an average rate of 3.2 million kilometres per hour, and by tracing their...
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