The Clearest View Yet Of A 1,000 Year Old Explosion

In 1054, humans recorded sightings of the mega-star explosion that created the Crab Nebula. It was so bright it was visible to the naked eye. Now three space telescopes have together created a more complete picture of the debris.

According to National Geographic:

This new picture of the Crab Nebula combines data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Spitzer Space Telescope . . . Infrared light caught by Spitzer and visible light seen by Hubble paint the nebula’s expanding debris cloud in shades of purple and red. Meanwhile, Chandra’s x-ray vision is helping astronomers understand the high-energy particles (seen in blue) coming from the dead star’s core, known as a [sic] white dwarf.

I just love that weird tendril of x-rays shooting out of the pulsar. It seems to be emerging from a giant maw in space (which – isn’t there a Doctor Who story called Maw In Space? Maybe I’m just on crack).

How three different types of light reveal the complete beauty of the Andromeda Galaxy

How three different types of light reveal the complete beauty of the Andromeda GalaxyThis is one of our closest galactic neighbors, the Andromeda Galaxy, seen in three different kinds of light: visible, infrared, and x-ray. These three very different views are then combined together to create one amazingly beautiful composite image. Continue reading