The Cassiopeia A supernova's first flash of radiation makes six clumps of dust (circled in annotated version) unusually hot. The supernova remnant is the large white ball in the center. This infrared picture was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
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Supernova Flashback

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The Cassiopeia A supernova's first flash of radiation makes six clumps of dust (circled in annotated version) unusually hot. The supernova remnant is the large white ball in the center. This infrared picture was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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ID#:
PIA11213

Date added:
2008-10-01

Target:
Cassiopeia A

Mission:
Spitzer Space Telescope

Spacecraft:
Spitzer Space Telescope

Instruments:
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/E. Dwek and R. Arendt