NASA Space Observatories Glimpse Faint Afterglow of Nearby Stell

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chandra_304 October 4th, 2005

Credit: X-ray: NASA/SAO/CXC; Optical: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

This is a composite Chandra (X-ray/blue) and Hubble (optical/pink & purple) of N132D. The beautiful glowing horseshoe-shaped cloud of hot gas against a backdrop of thousands of stars was produced by the explosion of a massive star. Shock waves produced by the explosion heated interstellar gas around the site to X-ray emitting temperatures of millions of degrees Celsius. The optical image reveals cooler gas and a small, bright crescent-shaped cloud of emission from hydrogen gas. The star that exploded as a supernova was probably more than 20 times as massive as the Sun. Most of the stars in this image are less massive and will not go out with a bang.

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/n132d/

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
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 25m 0.9s
DEC = -69° 38’ 32.1”
Orientation
North is 33.5° CCW
Field of View
0.6 x 0.5 arcminutes
Constellation
Dorado

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_cyan Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (X-ray) 826.7 pm
Arrow_left_red Hubble (ACS/WFC) Optical (H-alpha) 658.0 nm
Arrow_left_orange Hubble (ACS/WFC) Optical (z-band) 850.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble (ACS/WFC) Optical (V-band) 550.0 nm
Arrow_left_blue Hubble (ACS/WFC) Optical (B-band) 435.0 nm
Spectrum_xray1
Arrow_top_cyan
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_orange
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_blue
Chandra_304_1280
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ID
304
Subject Category
C.4.1.4.  
Subject Name
N132D, SNR 0525-69.6
Credits
X-ray: NASA/SAO/CXC; Optical: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date
2005-10-04
Lightyears
160,000
Redshift
160,000
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/n132d/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra, Hubble, Hubble, Hubble, Hubble
Instrument
ACIS, ACS/WFC, ACS/WFC, ACS/WFC, ACS/WFC
Color Assignment
Cyan, Red, Orange, Green, Blue
Band
X-ray, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
X-ray, H-alpha, z-band, V-band, B-band
Central Wavelength
0.8267, 658, 850, 550, 435
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
1828, -, -, -, -
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
2000.0
Reference Value
81.25371915000, -69.64224250000
Reference Dimension
3150.00, 2578.00
Reference Pixel
-2150.70647018542, 2226.14330500545
Scale
-0.00000295125, 0.00000295125
Rotation
33.46992339412
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
World Coordinate System resolved using PinpointWCS 0.9.0 revision 213+ by the Chandra X-ray Center
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 Observatory Center
Publisher ID
chandra
Resource ID
n132d.tif
Metadata Date
2012-07-30T15:43:29-04:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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Universescalefull
160,000 light years