Supernova in 3D!

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“Want to see a supernova up close? Well, thanks to a recent collaboration between the Smithsonian Institute and the Chandra X-ray Observatory, you can! In an attempt to make artifacts more accessible to the public, the Smithsonian Institute is unveiling a new 3D viewer this week featuring the famous 300 year-old supernova remnant, Cassiopeia (Cas A for short). By studying this 3D model, along with specially processed x-ray data, we will be able to study many of Cas A’s properties to help determine the size of the progenitor star, chemical composition and even the explosion mechanism. You can take a 3D tour of Cas A here http://bit.ly/HVEYxB; no 3D glasses required. “

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Source:
http://bit.ly/17hL6K4

Image Credit:
Chandra X-Ray Observatory

via [The Universe]

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