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A vast variety of supernova remnants

When stars explode, their debris create beautiful images.
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Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO & ESA; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/B. Williams (NCSU)
In the February 2013 issue of Astronomy, Francis Reddy described the many ways suns can end their lives in “When stars go bang!” We didn’t have room to fit many of the beautiful supernova remnants that these explosions can create. So here are 10 more examples of the art of stellar deaths.
NASA/ESA/J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University)
The Crab Nebula (M1) lies some 6,500 light-years away from Earth. Chinese observers first recorded the “new star” in A.D. 1054, and since then astronomers have worked to understand this object. At the Crab’s center lies a rapidly spinning compact neutron star called a pulsar. Radiation from this remnant causes the nebula to glow.
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