SUPERNOVA REMNANTS: Celestial Fireworks

Supernovas that signal the end of massive stars are some of the most dramatic events In the cosmos. With its unique mirrors and Instrumentation, Chandra has captured these celestial explosions in spectacular X-ray images. These titanic events send shock waves rumbling through space and create giant bubbles of multimillion-degree Celsius gas. Chandra's X-ray images enable astronomers to determine the energy, composition, and dynamics of these explosions. In the centers of many of these bubbles, Chandra has reveaied the presence of pulsars - rap101y rota.. MPhil, magnetized neutron stars - that are pumping wave after wave of extremely energetic matter and antimatter particles into space.