Friday, November 1, 2013

Astronomy Picture of the Day: 11/01/13 - G266.2-1.2

Happy November! We thought we"d great the second-to-last month with this cool supernova remnant. Called G266.2-1.2, this object is located about 3,262 light-years from home.

The image is a composite of data collected by Chandra (X-rays seen in purple) and optical data from the Digitized Sky Survey (seen in red, green, and blue). The image reveals some very high-energy particles that were produced in the supernova that occurred a millennium ago.

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