Distant Supernova Remnant Imaged by Chandra's High Resolution Camera

Chandra_244_1024

chandra_244 September 1st, 1999

Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO

The Chandra X-ray image of N132D shows a highly structured remnant, or shell, of 10 million degree Celsius gas that is 80 light years across. It is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, about 160,000 light years from Earth. The estimated age of the remnant is about 3000 years. The N132D supernova remnant appears to be colliding with a giant molecular cloud, which produces the brightening on the southern rim of the remnant. The relatively weak X-radiation on the upper left shows that the shock wave is expanding into a less dense region on the edge of the molecular cloud. A number of small circular structures are visible in the central regions and a hint of a large circular loop can be seen in the upper part of the remnant.

Provider: Chandra X-ray Observatory

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/1999/0050/

Curator: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Cambridge, MA, USA

Image Use Policy: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
N132D SNR 0525-69.6
Subject - Local Universe
Nebula > Type > Supernova Remnant

Distance

Universescale2
160,000 light years
Chandra_244_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 25m 3.5s
DEC = -69° 38’ 28.8”
Orientation
North is 4.1° CCW
Field of View
2.5 x 2.5 arcminutes
Constellation
Dorado

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Orange Chandra (HRC) X-ray (X-ray) 826.7 pm
DatasetID is the Chandra Observation ID
Spectrum_xray1
Orange
Chandra_244_1280
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ID
244
Subject Category
C.4.1.4.  
Subject Name
N132D, SNR 0525-69.6
Credits
NASA/CXC/SAO
Release Date
1999-09-01
Lightyears
160,000
Redshift
160,000
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/1999/0050/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra
Instrument
HRC
Color Assignment
Orange
Band
X-ray
Bandpass
X-ray
Central Wavelength
0.8267
Start Time
Integration Time
10000
Dataset ID
1297
Notes
D
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
81.2647161, -69.6413275
Reference Dimension
2100.0, 2100.0
Reference Pixel
1051.0, 1051.0
Scale
2.01897e-05, 2.0189721e-05
Rotation
4.09
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS retrieved using CXCs PinpointWCS
Creator (Curator)
Chandra X-ray Observatory
URL
http://chandra.harvard.edu
Name
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Email
cxcpub@cfa.harvard.edu
Telephone
617.496.7941
Address
60 Garden St.
City
Cambridge
State/Province
MA
Postal Code
02138
Country
USA
Rights
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html
Publisher
Chandra X-ray Center
Publisher ID
chandra
Resource ID
0050_xray.tif
Metadata Date
2012-08-21T16:38:21-04:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
160,000 light years