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Frosty white water ice clouds and swirling orange dust storms above a vivid rusty landscape reveal Mars as a dynamic planet in this sharp image. The Earth-orbiting Hubble telescope snapped this picture on June 26, when Mars was approximately 43 million miles (68 million km) from Earth -- its closest approach to our planet since 1988. The disk of Mars was fully illuminated as seen from Earth because Mars was exactly opposite the Sun. Hubble can see details as small as 10 miles (16 km) across....
Topics: What -- Mars, What -- Earth, What -- Sun, What -- Polar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/mars/more.html
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Northern Constellations Map: June
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/constellations/june_const.html
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This composite image shows Chandra's wide-field view of the area around the Vela Pulsar (background) with an enhanced view of the pulsar and its wind nebula in the inset box. (Credit: NASA/SAO/CXC)
Topic: What -- Vela
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/velawv/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
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This illustration shows three possible futures for the Universe, depending on the behavior of dark energy, by showing how the scale of the Universe may change with time. If dark energy is constant, as the new Chandra results suggest, the expansion should continue accelerating forever. If dark energy increases, the acceleration may happen so quickly that galaxies, stars, and eventually atoms will be torn apart, in the so-called Big Rip. Dark energy may also lead to a recollapse of the Universe,...
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/darkenergy/more.html
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Northern Constellations Map: March
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/constellations/march_const.html
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This Hubble Space Telescope image of Saturn, captured in November 2000 (1 of 5 images taken from 1996-2000), show Saturn's rings nearly fully open as it moved towards winter in its Northern Hemisphere. Saturn's equator is tilted relative to its orbit by 27 degrees, very similar to the 23-degree tilt of the Earth. As Saturn moves along its orbit, first one hemisphere, then the other is tilted towards the Sun. This cyclical change causes seasons on Saturn, just as the changing orientation of...
Topics: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Saturn, What -- Earth, What -- Sun
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/saturn_rngs/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by NASA/CXC/SAO/M. Karovska et al.
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Chandra X-ray Image with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/mira/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Animation: CXC/D.Berry
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MPEG When the core of a massive star collapses, a supernova explosion occurs and the collapsed core forms an extremely compact, rapidly spinning neutron star. Some theories propose that the neutrons could dissolve into free quarks, causing the neutron star to shrink further and become a strange quark star. NASA has announced the detection of a possible strange quark star. [Run time = 0:25 sec]
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/0211/animations.html
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The image shows a dramatic bow-like structure at the leading edge of the cloud, or nebula, embedded in the Vela supernova remnant. As indicated by the arrow, the jets point in the same direction as the motion of the pulsar. The swept-back appearance of the nebula is due to the motion of the pulsar through the supernova remnant. (Credit: NASA/SAO/CXC)
Topic: What -- Vela
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/velawv/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
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Southern Constellations Map: September
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/constellations/sept_const.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
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Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) Animations
Topics: Where -- Whirlpool Galaxy, Where -- M51
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/0158/animations.html
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This image of the Cartwheel Galaxy was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in blue band visible light. The Cartwheel is part of a group of galaxies about 400 million light years away in the constellation Sculptor [ http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/constellations/sculptor.html ]. (Credit: NASA/STScI)
Topics: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Visible Light, What -- Constellation, What -- Sculptor
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/cartwheel/more.html
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More Images of NGC 6240
Topic: Where -- NGC 6240
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/0192/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Animation: CXC/D.Berry
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MPEG This animation shows how the combination of rapid rotation and a strong magnetic field produces an ultra high-speed flow of particles away from a neutron star. As the flow moves away, it is concentrated along the poles and the equator of the neutron star. A shock wave, which shows up as a bright X-ray ring, marks the boundary between the equatorial flow and the surrounding nebula. [Run time = 0:30 sec]
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/0052/animations.html
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Scalebar = 2 arcmin (Credit: NASA/CXC/GSFC/U.Hwang et al.)
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/casa/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Animation: CXC/A.Hobart
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MPEG NGC 4636 looks like a normal elliptical galaxy optically (blue image at beginning), but X-ray observations from Chandra (purple) show a galaxy wracked by a titanic explosion 3 million years ago. [Run time = 0:25 sec]
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/0144/animations.html
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More Images of NGC 3079
Topic: Where -- NGC 3079
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/ngc3079/more.html
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Hubble Space Telescope ultraviolet observations made during the Chandra monitoring period of Jupiter showed relatively weak ultraviolet flaring. The combined Chandra and Hubble data indicate that the auroral activity was caused by the acceleration of charged ions of oxygen and other elements trapped in the polar magnetic field high above Jupiter's atmosphere. Hubble observed Jupiter for one-and-a-half hours on February 26, 2003. (Credit: NASA/STScI)
Topics: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Jupiter, What -- Polar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/jupiter/more.html
This mosiac of Chandra images shows the intensity of X-rays in the central region of the Milky Way. (Credit: NASA/UMass/D.Wang et al.)
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/gcenter/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
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Cartwheel Galaxy with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/cartwheel/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by X-ray: NASA/UMass/Z.Li & Q.D.Wang; Optical: NOAO/AURA/NSF/T.A.Rector & B.A.Wolpa; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Sequence of Andromeda Galaxy (M31) Images. MPEG Beginning with a wide-field optical view, this sequence of Andromeda Galaxy images moves into an X-ray look of the central region. In this Chandra image, red represents lower energy, green as medium energy, and finally blue as the highest energy X-rays that Chandra detects. This sequence also shows a composite of X-ray and infrared light, before returning to the Chandra-only view. [Runtime: 0:14]
Topics: What -- Andromeda, Where -- M31
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/m31/animations.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
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A dark dust lane, running to the south and east of the nucleus, is apparent in this 2MASS image, which covers the near-infrared portion of the spectrum. The disk of the galaxy, overall, is much fainter than the bright nucleus. Maiolino et al. propose, based on Hubble Space Telescope near-infrared NICMOS imaging, that this dust lane traces a nuclear gas bar that may be responsible for feeding the active nucleus. (Credit: S. Van Dyk (IPAC))
Topics: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- NICMOS, What -- Circinus, What -- Galaxy 2
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/0167/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
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Abell 3627 with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/a3627/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Illustration: CXC/M. Weiss
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This illustration shows the various zones around a pulsar (bright white dot) that is producing a wind of high energy particles as it moves supersonically through the interstellar medium. Immediately surrounding the pulsar is a cavity (shown in red) in which the wind flows freely outward. At the point where the pressure of the pulsar wind is balanced by external pressure, a termination shock is formed. Due to the pulsar's motion, this shock has a swept back, ellipsoidal shape. The acceleration...
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/mouse/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Animation: NASA/CXC/A.Hobart
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Animation of X-ray Flares from a "Young Sun. MPEG This animation shows how X-ray flares from a young star affect a planet-forming disk. Light from the young star is reflected off the inner part of the disk, making it glow. The view zooms in to show small white flares continually erupting on the surface of the young star. A set of huge white magnetic loops then erupts from the star and hits the inside edge of the disk, resulting in an extremely bright flare. X-rays from the flare then heat...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Orion
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/orion/animations.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Animation: ESA/Hubble/M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen Image: X-ray: NASA/CXC/ASU/J.Hester et al.; Optical: NASA/ESA/ASU/J.Hester & A.Loll; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. Minn./R.Gehrz
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Animation and Composite Image of Crab Nebula. MPEG This sequence begins with an artist's animation of the explosion that produced the Crab Nebula, now an expanding debris field of extremely high-energy particles created from the death of a massive star. The view then fades into an image of the Crab composed of data from Chandra (light blue), Hubble (green and dark blue), and Spitzer (red). [Runtime: 0:18]
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/crab/animations.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Chandra X-ray: NASA/MSFC/CXC/A.Bhardwaj et al.; GOES-12 X-ray: NOAA/SEC
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Saturn Mirrors X-rays From Sun
Topics: What -- Saturn, What -- Sun
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/saturn/index.html
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NGC 281 with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/ngc281/more.html
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NGC 5746 with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/n5746/more.html
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This image was taken by ROSAT in June of 1990 when the Moon was about half-full. Chandra's observations of the Moon solved a decade-long mystery about X-rays detected by ROSAT that were thought to be coming from the dark portion of the Moon. It turns out that these X-rays only appear to come from the Moon and can be explained by radiation from Earth's geocorona. (Credit: ROSAT/J. Schmitt et al.)
Topics: What -- ROSAT, What -- Moon
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/moon/more.html
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by NASA/SAO/CXC
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Color code: Intensity
Topic: What -- Vela
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/velawv/index.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Credit: NASA/STScI/G.Bacon
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MPEG This animation shows another possible future for the Universe, where dark energy eventually leads to a slowing of the expansion of the Universe, followed by a recollapse, the so-called "big crunch". In some ways this scenario resembles the Big Bang in reverse. [Run Time: 0:08]
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/darkenergy/animations.html
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by JHUAPL/SwRI
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New Horizons Path Past Jupiter. MPEG On February 28, 2007, the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Jupiter on its ultimate journey toward Pluto. Its unusual trajectory took New Horizons down Jupiter's so-called magnetotail, or magnetic tail, a region where no spacecraft has gone before. [Runtime: 0:13]
Topics: What -- New Horizons, What -- Jupiter, What -- Pluto
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/jupiter/animations.html
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A long Chandra exposure of M87 has revealed a shock wave in high-energy X-rays as well as evidence for a series of outbursts from the central supermassive black hole. The image shows a series of loops and bubbles in the hot, X-ray emitting gas. These are relics of small outbursts from close to the black hole. Other remarkable features are seen in M87 for the first time including narrow filaments of X-ray emission, which may be due to hot gas trapped to magnetic fields. One of these filaments is...
Topic: Where -- M87
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/m87/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Animation: CXC/A.Hobart; Optical: Digital Sky Survey; X-ray: NASA/CXC/UVa/E.Blanton et al.
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MPEG The optical image of NGC 1553 fades into the corresponding Chandra X-ray image. NGC is about 70 million light years away in the constellation of Dorado. [Run time = 0:25 sec]
Topics: What -- Constellation, What -- Dorado, Where -- NGC 1
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/1058/animations.html
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This optical image of Venus was taken with a 4-inch Newtonian telescope by Konrad Dennerl, the lead author of the paper on the Chandra observations of Venus. (Credit: Konrad Dennerl)
Topic: What -- Venus
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/venus/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by X-ray: NASA/CXC/U.Colorado/Linsky et al.; Optical: NASA/ESA/STScI/ASU/J.Hester & P.Scowen.
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Color code: X-ray: Red(0.5-1.5 keV); Green(1.5-2.5 keV); Blue(2.5-7.0 keV)
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/m16/index.html
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This optical image of Adromeda was taken by the National Science Foundation's 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Located in the constellation of Andromeda (the Princess), the Andromeda Galaxy is a large spiral galaxy very similar to our own Galaxy, the Milky Way. Also known as Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the Andromeda Galaxy is over 65,000 light years in diameter and approximately 2.9 million light years from Earth. (Credit: NOAO/AURA/NSF/T.Rector & B.A.Wolpa)
Topics: What -- Constellation, What -- Andromeda, What -- Earth, Where -- M31
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/m31/more.html
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by Pal.Obs. DSS
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This image from the Digitized Sky Survey (DSS) shows the elliptical galaxy M87 in visible light. The field of view is the same as the Chandra image. Scale:
Topics: What -- Visible Light, Where -- M87
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/m87/more.html
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by X-ray: NASA/CXC/W. Forman et al. Radio: NRAO/AUI/NSF/O. Eilek & Kassim
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A central jet is surrounded by nearby bright arcs and dark cavities in the multimillion degree Celsius atmosphere of M87. Much further out, at a distance of about fifty thousand light years from the galaxy's center, faint rings can be seen and two spectacular plumes extend beyond the rings. These features, shown in X-rays, together with VLA radio observations, are dramatic evidence that repetitive outbursts from the central supermassive black hole have been affecting the entire galaxy for a...
Topics: What -- VLA, Where -- M87
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/m87/more.html
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Southern Constellations Map: September
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/constellations/south_sept.html
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More Images of NGC 6266 & NGC 7099
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/ngc6266/more.html
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More Images of Sagittarius A
Topic: What -- Sagittarius
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/sgr_a/more.html
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This image of the Cartwheel Galaxy was taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope in 8 micron infrared. The Cartwheel is part of a group of galaxies about 400 million light years away in the constellation Sculptor [ http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/constellations/sculptor.html ]. (Credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech/P.Appleton et al.)
Topics: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope, What -- Constellation, What -- Sculptor
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/cartwheel/more.html
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The galaxies M81, M82, and NGC 3077 in optical light (top) and radio waves from neutral hydrogen atoms (wavelength of 21 cm HI). The radio image shows tidal streamers of hydrogen gas connecting all three galaxies. These streamers were produced by a collision within the last 300 million years. (Credits: Optical: Digitized sky survey; Radio: NRAO/VLA/M.S.Yun)
Topics: Where -- M81, Where -- M82, Where -- NGC 3077
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2000/m82bh/more.html
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The X-ray spectrum of TW Hydrae (left) provides strong evidence that matter is accreting onto the star from a circumstellar disk. X-rays are produced as matter from the disk is guided by the star's magnetic field onto one or more hot spots on the surface of the star. In contrast, the spectrum of the binary star system HD 98800A (right) revealed that its brightest star is producing X-rays much as the Sun does, from a hot upper atmosphere or corona. This indicates that any disk around these stars...
Topic: What -- Sun
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/twhy/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by X-ray: NASA/CXC/UCI/A.Lewis et al. Optical: Pal.Obs. DSS
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Color code: Intensity
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/abell2029/index.html
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Color code: Intensity
Topic: What -- VLA
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2000/1083/index.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Credit: Optical Image: Digital Sky Survey X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/G. Fabbiano et al.
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MPEG The movie zooms in from a wide-field optical image of the colliding galaxy system known as The Antennae. The optical image dissolves to a Chandra X-ray image colored to show the intensity of the low (red), medium (green) and high (blue) energy X-rays from huge diffuse clouds of multimillion degree Celsius gas, and bright point-like sources from neutron stars and black holes. [Run time = 0:08 sec]
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/antennae/animations.html
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by NASA, ESA, A. M. Koekemoer (STScI), M. Dickinson (NOAO) and The GOODS Team
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Hubble, Chandra & Spitzer have found evidence of a hidden population of supermassive black holes in the universe. One of two sources studied, named 033251.6-275212, appears as an X-ray source (shown in blue) without an optical counterpart in the Hubble image. The Spitzer infrared image demonstrates that the mysterious X-ray source is also detected at infrared wavelengths. This indicates that the galaxies around these supermassive black holes in the GOODS field are heavily obscured by dust.
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/goodsbh/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by NOAA/SEC
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GOES-12 Time-lapse Movie of Solar Flare. MPEG The groundbreaking first observation of X-rays from Saturn's low-latitudes by Chandra appeared as a direct response to this solar event captured by the GOES Solar X-ray Imager. This solar flare is classified as an M6 - meaning it is medium-sized with the potential to cause brief radio blackouts at Earth's polar regions. [Runtime: 0:12]
Topics: What -- GOES 12, What -- Imager, What -- Polar, What -- Saturn
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/saturn/animations.html
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This artist's conception illustrates 1E 1207.4-5209, a neutron star with a polar hot spot and a strong magnetic field (purple lines). (Credit: CXC/M. Weiss)
Topic: What -- Polar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/1132/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Hickox et al.; Moon: NASA/JPL
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MPEG This survey, taken in a region of the Bootes constellation, involved 126 separate Chandra exposures of 5,000-seconds each, making it the largest contiguous field ever obtained by the observatory. At 9.3 square degrees, it is over 40 times larger than the full moon seen on the night sky, which is shown in this graphic for scale. [Runtime: 0:12]
Topics: What -- Constellation, What -- Moon
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/bootes/animations.html
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by NASA, ESA, the GOODS Team and M. Giavalisco [STScI]
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Because infant galaxies are very faint and very rare, astronomers are using Hubble to search for them over a wide swath of sky. In fact, the new observations cover about 60 times the area of the original Hubble Deep Field Observations, obtained in 1995. Observation Dates:
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/goods/more.html
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This side-by-side comparison shows the subtle, though significant, differences in the X-ray (green) and optical (blue) emission from the planet Venus. Careful inspection shows that the X-ray emission extends just slightly farther than the optical. (Credit: Xray: NASA/CXC/MPE/K.Dennerl et al., Optical: Konrad Dennerl)
Topic: What -- Venus
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/venus/more.html
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Scale bar = 23 arcsec Credit: NASA/MPE/K.Dennerl et al.
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/venus/more.html
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Chandra's three-color image of a region of Puppis A reveals a cloud being torn apart by a shockwave produced by a supernova explosion. This is the first X-ray detection of such a process in an advanced phase. The blue vertical bar and the blue fuzzy ball or cap to the right show how the cloud has been spread out into an oval-shaped structure that is almost empty in the center. Understanding how shock waves interact with clouds is important for answering key questions such as the role supernovas...
Topic: What -- Puppis
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/puppisa/more.html
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MS 0735.6+7421 with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/ms0735/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Credit: NASA/STScI/G.Bacon
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MPEG A third possible future for the Universe is the most exotic of all. As shown in this animation, if dark energy increases with time, the Universe may experience a catastrophic, runaway expansion. Within about a 100 billion years every galaxy, star and atom in the Universe would be ripped apart. [Run Time: 0:03]
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/darkenergy/animations.html
This sequence of images shows a disk of red and yellow gas around a supermassive black hole. As the view pulls back, the formation of stars in the outer regions of the disk is seen. These massive stars form when the gas becomes unstable, despite the black hole's enormous gravitational influence, and collapses inwards. View Animation [ http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/sgra/animations.html#sgra ] (Illustration: NASA/CXC/A.Hobart)
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/sgra/more.html
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Orion Nebula with Scale Bar
Topic: What -- Orion
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/orion/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Animation: NASA/CXC/A.Hobart
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MPEG This animation depicts an eruption caused by a supermassive black hole. Gas and dust (reddish-brown disk) are being pulled around by the enormous gravity of the supermassive black hole, which is buried in the center of a large elliptical galaxy. The animation then zooms out to show the full view of the galaxy, which is surrounded by hot gas (red) that pervades the galaxy cluster. White jets, fueled from material falling onto the black hole, then erupt from the black hole and push gas...
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/ms0735/animations.html
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The jet in Circinus X-1 is helping astronomers better understand how neutron stars, and not just black holes, can generate powerful beams. Many jets have been found originating near black holes (both the supermassive and stellar-mass variety), but the Circinus X-1 jet is the first extended X-ray jet associated with a neutron star in a binary system. This detection shows that the unusual properties of black holes -- such as presence of an event horizon and the lack of an actual surface -- may...
Topic: What -- Circinus
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/cirx1/more.html
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Westerlund 2 with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2008/wd2/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/S.Park & D.Burrows.; Optical: NASA/STScI/CfA/P.Challis
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Color code: X-ray: blue-purple; Optical: pink-white
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/sn87a/index.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
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Illustration of Absorption of X-rays by Intergalactic Gas QuickTime
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/igm/animations.html
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Images made by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have revealed a distant cosmic construction site -- the galaxy known as 3C294 -- buzzing with activity. This discovery provides insight into how supermassive black holes shape and limit the growth of extremely massive galaxies. The image on right shows the full field of the observation; the image on the left shows the zoom-in. (Credit: NASA/CXC/IoA/A. Fabian et al.)
Topic: What -- Discovery
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/4c41/more.html
This side-by-side composite shows the X-ray and millimeter wave observations over the same region in the core of the Milky Way Galaxy. (Credit: X-ray (blue): NASA/CXC/Northwestern/F.Zadeh et al.; Millimeter Wavelength (green): Nobeyama/M.Tsuboi)
Topic: Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/gradioarc/more.html
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by NOAO/KPNO
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The optical (H-alpha) image of NGC 4438 shows long filaments of gas extending to the right of the galaxies. Taken by the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), the image is a smaller field of view than the Chandra image and does not include NGC 4435. Scale:
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/ngc4438/more.html
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by NASA/CXC/ASU/J. Hester et al.
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This image represents a snapshot from a movie that shows dynamic rings, wisps and jets of matter and antimatter around the pulsar in the Crab Nebula as observed in X-ray light by Chandra. The inner ring is about one light year across. Scale:
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Topic: What -- Snapshot
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/0052/more.html
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by NASA/CXC/M.Weiss
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MPEG This animation shows an artist's representation of the huge collision in the bullet cluster. Hot gas, containing most of the normal matter in the cluster, is shown in red and dark matter is in blue. During the collision the hot gas in each cluster is slowed and distorted by a drag force, similar to air resistance. A bullet-shaped cloud of gas forms in one of the clusters. In contrast, the dark matter is not slowed by the impact, because it does not interact directly with itself or the gas...
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/1e0657/animations.html
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by Animation: NASA/CXC/A.Hobart
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MPEG This animation shows a supermassive black hole within a galaxy like the one located in NGC 1365. Scientists believe that the black hole at the center of the galaxy is fed by a steady stream of material, presumably in the form of a disk. Material just about to fall into a black hole should be heated to millions of degrees before passing over the event horizon, or point of no return. This process creates X-ray light that Chandra can detect. [Runtime: 0:27]
Topic: Where -- NGC 1365
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/ngc1365/animations.html
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4C37.43 with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/4c37/more.html
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by Light curve: NASA/CXC/GSFC/T. Strohmayer; Illustration: GSFC/D. Berry
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RX J0806.3+1527: Orbiting Stars Flooding Space with Gravitational Waves
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/j0806/index.html
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by X-ray: NASA/CXC/Rutgers/J.Hughes et al; Optical: Rutgers Fabry-Perot
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Color code: X-ray: Energy (Red 0.3-0.7 keV, Green 0.7-1.1 keV, Blue 1.1-4.2 keV); Optical: Intensity
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/deml71/index.html