Daily Telescope: Peering into the remnants of an 800-year-old supernova

Ars Technica » Scientific Method 2024-03-28

A composite image of SNR 1181.

Enlarge / A composite image of SNR 1181. (credit: NASA, ESA, JPL et. al.)

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Good morning. It's March 28, and today's photo comes from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory as well as a host of other observatories.

It is a composite image of supernova remnant SNR 1181. The name of the object gives us a clue to when this object went supernova: the year 1181. For about half a year, the 'new' star appeared in the constellation Cassiopeia. It took a long time before astronomers using modern telescopes were able to find the remnant of this supernova, but they finally did so in the last decade.

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