APOD: Filaments of the Vela Supernova Remnant (2024 Apr 16)

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APOD: Filaments of the Vela Supernova Remnant (2024 Apr 16)

Post by APOD Robot » Tue Apr 16, 2024 4:05 am

Image Filaments of the Vela Supernova Remnant

Explanation: The explosion is over, but the consequences continue. About eleven thousand years ago, a star in the constellation of Vela could be seen to explode, creating a strange point of light briefly visible to humans living near the beginning of recorded history. The outer layers of the star crashed into the interstellar medium, driving a shock wave that is still visible today. The featured image captures some of that filamentary and gigantic shock in visible light. As gas flies away from the detonated star, it decays and reacts with the interstellar medium, producing light in many different colors and energy bands. Remaining at the center of the Vela Supernova Remnant is a pulsar, a star as dense as nuclear matter that spins around more than ten times in a single second.

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Re: APOD: Filaments of the Vela Supernova Remnant (2024 Apr 16)

Post by Ann » Tue Apr 16, 2024 2:28 pm

This thread from February 23, 2024, contained a lot of discussion about the Vela supernova remnant. I'll refer you to that thread instead of reiterating things that were said there.

Still, before I go, let's take a look at today's APOD and compare it with the picture of the Pencil Nebula that is located "far left" (well, far east) in the Vela supernova remnant.

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