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This new view of the historical supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, located 11,000 light-years away, was taken by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. While the star is long dead, its remains are still bursting with action.
This new view of the historical supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, located 11,000 light-years away, was taken by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. While the star is long dead, its remains are still bursting with action.

Sizzling Remains of a Dead Star

This new view of the historical supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, located 11,000 light-years away, was taken by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. While the star is long dead, its remains are still bursting with action.

Target: Cassiopeia A
Mission: NuSTAR
Instrument: Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
Size: 2200 x 2200
ID#: PIA16606
Added: 2013-01-07

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Sizzling Remains of a Dead Star

This new view of the historical supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, located 11,000 light-years away, was taken by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. While the star is long dead, its remains are still bursting with action.

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This mosaic of images from NASA's WISE Telescope is in the constellation of Cassiopeia. This region contains a large star forming nebula within the Milky Way Galaxy, sometimes called the Heart Nebula, and is over 6 thousand light-years from Earth.
This mosaic of images from NASA's WISE Telescope is in the constellation of Cassiopeia. This region contains a large star forming nebula within the Milky Way Galaxy, sometimes called the Heart Nebula, and is over 6 thousand light-years from Earth.

Maffei 1 and 2

This mosaic of images from NASA's WISE Telescope is in the constellation of Cassiopeia. This region contains a large star forming nebula within the Milky Way Galaxy, sometimes called the Heart Nebula, and is over 6 thousand light-years from Earth.

Target: Cassiopeia
Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Spacecraft: WISE
Instrument: WISE Telescope
Size: 3463 x 1200
ID#: PIA12865
Added: 2010-03-06

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Maffei 1 and 2

This mosaic of images from NASA's WISE Telescope is in the constellation of Cassiopeia. This region contains a large star forming nebula within the Milky Way Galaxy, sometimes called the Heart Nebula, and is over 6 thousand light-years from Earth.

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For the first time, a multiwavelength three-dimensional reconstruction of a supernova remnant has been created. This visualization of Cassiopeia A, or Cas A, the result of an explosion approximately 330 years ago, uses data from several NASA telescopes.
For the first time, a multiwavelength three-dimensional reconstruction of a supernova remnant has been created. This visualization of Cassiopeia A, or Cas A, the result of an explosion approximately 330 years ago, uses data from several NASA telescopes.

Supernova Remnant in 3-D

For the first time, a multiwavelength three-dimensional reconstruction of a supernova remnant has been created. This visualization of Cassiopeia A, or Cas A, the result of an explosion approximately 330 years ago, uses data from several NASA telescopes.

Target: Cassiopeia A
Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Chandra X-ray Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Chandra X-ray Telescope, Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Size: 719 x 479
ID#: PIA11748
Added: 2009-01-06

Views: 5542

Supernova Remnant in 3-D

For the first time, a multiwavelength three-dimensional reconstruction of a supernova remnant has been created. This visualization of Cassiopeia A, or Cas A, the result of an explosion approximately 330 years ago, uses data from several NASA telescopes.

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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.
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.

Supernova Flashback

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.

Target: Cassiopeia A
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
Size: 1769 x 1341
ID#: PIA11213
Added: 2008-10-01

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Supernova Flashback

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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This composite image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the remnant of a star that exploded, called Cassiopeia A (center) and its surrounding 'light echoes' -- dances of light through dusty clouds, created when stars blast apart.
This composite image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the remnant of a star that exploded, called Cassiopeia A (center) and its surrounding 'light echoes' -- dances of light through dusty clouds, created when stars blast apart.

Dance of the Light Echoes

This composite image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the remnant of a star that exploded, called Cassiopeia A (center) and its surrounding 'light echoes' -- dances of light through dusty clouds, created when stars blast apart.

Target: Cassiopeia A
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Size: 5000 x 4965
ID#: PIA10725
Added: 2008-05-29

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Dance of the Light Echoes

This composite image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the remnant of a star that exploded, called Cassiopeia A (center) and its surrounding 'light echoes' -- dances of light through dusty clouds, created when stars blast apart.

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A seething cauldron of light appears to bubble and ooze around the remains of a giant star that astronomers have been watching tear itself apart for the last 300 years. Different observations taken over three years by NASA' Spitzer Space Telescope.
A seething cauldron of light appears to bubble and ooze around the remains of a giant star that astronomers have been watching tear itself apart for the last 300 years. Different observations taken over three years by NASA' Spitzer Space Telescope.

Cauldron of Light

A seething cauldron of light appears to bubble and ooze around the remains of a giant star that astronomers have been watching tear itself apart for the last 300 years. Different observations taken over three years by NASA' Spitzer Space Telescope.

Target: Cassiopeia A
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Size: 641 x 479
ID#: PIA10724
Added: 2008-05-29

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Cauldron of Light

A seething cauldron of light appears to bubble and ooze around the remains of a giant star that astronomers have been watching tear itself apart for the last 300 years. Different observations taken over three years by NASA' Spitzer Space Telescope.

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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope used its infrared camera to image this beautiful bulb which might look like a Christmas ornament but is the blown-out remains of a stellar explosion, or supernova.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope used its infrared camera to image this beautiful bulb which might look like a Christmas ornament but is the blown-out remains of a stellar explosion, or supernova.

Cosmic Ornament of Gas and Dust

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope used its infrared camera to image this beautiful bulb which might look like a Christmas ornament but is the blown-out remains of a stellar explosion, or supernova.

Target: Cassiopeia A
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
Size: 960 x 960
ID#: PIA10206
Added: 2007-12-20

Views: 3067

Cosmic Ornament of Gas and Dust

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope used its infrared camera to image this beautiful bulb which might look like a Christmas ornament but is the blown-out remains of a stellar explosion, or supernova.

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The elements and molecules that flew out of the Cassiopeia A star when it exploded about 300 years ago can be seen clearly for the first time in this plot of data, called a spectrum, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The elements and molecules that flew out of the Cassiopeia A star when it exploded about 300 years ago can be seen clearly for the first time in this plot of data, called a spectrum, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Dissecting the Wake of a Supernova Explosion

The elements and molecules that flew out of the Cassiopeia A star when it exploded about 300 years ago can be seen clearly for the first time in this plot of data, called a spectrum, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Target: Cassiopeia A
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
Size: 3000 x 2400
ID#: PIA10207
Added: 2007-12-20

Views: 3388

Dissecting the Wake of a Supernova Explosion

The elements and molecules that flew out of the Cassiopeia A star when it exploded about 300 years ago can be seen clearly for the first time in this plot of data, called a spectrum, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the scattered remains of an exploded star named Cassiopeia A. Spitzer's infrared detectors 'picked' through these remains and found that much of the star's original layering had been preserved.
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the scattered remains of an exploded star named Cassiopeia A. Spitzer's infrared detectors 'picked' through these remains and found that much of the star's original layering had been preserved.

Lighting up a Dead Star's Layers

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the scattered remains of an exploded star named Cassiopeia A. Spitzer's infrared detectors 'picked' through these remains and found that much of the star's original layering had been preserved.

Target: Cassiopeia A
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Size: 1600 x 1600
ID#: PIA01903
Added: 2006-10-26

Views: 9475

Lighting up a Dead Star's Layers

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the scattered remains of an exploded star named Cassiopeia A. Spitzer's infrared detectors 'picked' through these remains and found that much of the star's original layering had been preserved.

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This artist's concept shows the explosion of a massive star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that the star exploded with some degree of order.
This artist's concept shows the explosion of a massive star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that the star exploded with some degree of order.

Order Amidst Chaos of Star's Explosion (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept shows the explosion of a massive star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that the star exploded with some degree of order.

Target: Cassiopeia A
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Size: 638 x 477
ID#: PIA01902
Added: 2006-10-26

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Order Amidst Chaos of Star's Explosion (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept shows the explosion of a massive star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that the star exploded with some degree of order.

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This artist concept shows that NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that this star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A, exploded with some degree of order, preserving chunks of its onion-like layers as it blasted apart.
This artist concept shows that NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that this star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A, exploded with some degree of order, preserving chunks of its onion-like layers as it blasted apart.

Once an Onion, Always an Onion (Artist Concept)

This artist concept shows that NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that this star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A, exploded with some degree of order, preserving chunks of its onion-like layers as it blasted apart.

Target: Cassiopeia A
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Size: 2400 x 3000
ID#: PIA01901
Added: 2006-10-26

Views: 3087

Once an Onion, Always an Onion (Artist Concept)

This artist concept shows that NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that this star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A, exploded with some degree of order, preserving chunks of its onion-like layers as it blasted apart.

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This false-color image from three of NASA's Great Observatories provides one example of a star that died in a fiery supernova blast. Called Cassiopeia A, this supernova remnant is located 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.
This false-color image from three of NASA's Great Observatories provides one example of a star that died in a fiery supernova blast. Called Cassiopeia A, this supernova remnant is located 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.

Cassiopeia A: Death Becomes Her

This false-color image from three of NASA's Great Observatories provides one example of a star that died in a fiery supernova blast. Called Cassiopeia A, this supernova remnant is located 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.

Target: Cassiopeia A
Mission: Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), Visible Light, Chandra X-ray Telescope
Size: 1835 x 1348
ID#: PIA03519
Added: 2005-06-10

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Cassiopeia A: Death Becomes Her

This false-color image from three of NASA's Great Observatories provides one example of a star that died in a fiery supernova blast. Called Cassiopeia A, this supernova remnant is located 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.

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These  images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken one year apart, show the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (yellow ball) and surrounding clouds of dust (reddish orange).
These  images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken one year apart, show the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (yellow ball) and surrounding clouds of dust (reddish orange).

A Year in the Life of an Infrared Echo

These  images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken one year apart, show the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (yellow ball) and surrounding clouds of dust (reddish orange).

Target: Cassiopeia A
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Size: 2842 x 1622
ID#: PIA03518
Added: 2005-06-10

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A Year in the Life of an Infrared Echo

These images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken one year apart, show the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (yellow ball) and surrounding clouds of dust (reddish orange).

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This Spitzer Space Telescope composite shows the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (white ball) and surrounding clouds of dust (gray, orange and blue). It consists of two processed images taken one year apart.
This Spitzer Space Telescope composite shows the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (white ball) and surrounding clouds of dust (gray, orange and blue). It consists of two processed images taken one year apart.

Dead Star Rumbles

This Spitzer Space Telescope composite shows the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (white ball) and surrounding clouds of dust (gray, orange and blue). It consists of two processed images taken one year apart.

Target: Cassiopeia A
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Size: 2826 x 774
ID#: PIA03517
Added: 2005-06-10

Views: 2958

Dead Star Rumbles

This Spitzer Space Telescope composite shows the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (white ball) and surrounding clouds of dust (gray, orange and blue). It consists of two processed images taken one year apart.

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