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More Images of G292
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Chandra X-ray Image of G292.0+1.8
A spectacular new image, made from a long observation by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, shows how complex a star's afterlife can be. By studying the details of the supernova remnant, known as G292.0+1.8, astronomers can better understand how some stars die and disperse elements like oxygen into the next generation of stars and planets.
(Credit: NASA/CXC/Penn State/S.Park et al.)

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Pulsar Wind Nebula in G292.0+1.8
Chandra's image of G292.0+1.8 shows remarkable complexity and structure in the debris field of this exploded star. Each color represents different elements such as oxygen, neon, magnesium, and silicon. The distribution of these elements gives astronomers clues about how the star exploded. The close-up zooms into the region around the dense core that remains of the star, seen in the highest-energy X-rays detected by Chandra.
(Credit: NASA/CXC/Penn State/S.Park et al.)

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Hard X-ray Image of G292.0+1.8
When a massive star explodes like the one that produced G292.0+1.8, it creates a shell of hot gas that glows brightly in X-rays. Chandra is able to observe the stellar debris, revealing the dynamics of the explosion. With nearly six days of Chandra observing time devoted to studying G292.0+1.8, astronomers hope they can use this particular remnant to better understand the complicated details of such an explosion. This image shows the high-energy X-rays only (1.810-2.050 and 2.400-2.620 keV).
(Credit: NASA/CXC/Penn State/S.Park et al.)

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DSS Optical Image of G292.0+1.8
This Digitized Sky Survey optical image helps show the dramatic difference between what is seen in various wavelengths.
(Credit: Pal.Obs. DSS)

G292.0+1.8 with Scale Bar

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